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2,029 teenagers were accused of rape in Korea in 2010

September 14th, 2011 . by Errol

Meanwhile, the total number of young criminals, which includes minor offenders as well as felons, reached 94,862 for 2010.

How many were convicted? What was their punishment? A squiz at naver.com failed to provide any useful information. Yonhap News just provides basic statistics of the numbers and types of crimes. Then does some fancy mathematics (subtraction, division and multiplication) to provide percentages. There is no data on actual ages. e.g. The age of the youngest rapist.

Violent crimes by youth jump almost 50% over 2 years

The Korea Herald, 2011-09-14

Yonhap’s original Korean article

“청소년 강력범 2년새 48%↑…재범 36%”(종합)

Yonhap News 2011-09-14

The figure of 94,862 teenage criminals is double the number of “foreigners” in Seoul “Special” City that do not hold Chinese, US or Taiwanese passports. As seen in the previous post.

How many “adult” Korean criminals are there? That depends on how “criminality” is counted. Persons who commit crimes, persons accused of crimes, persons charged with crimes or persons convicted of crimes.

The spike in teenage rapes may not reflect an increase in the number of teenagers committing the crime of rape but a higher reporting rate; after the Korean National Police had begun to eliminate incidents of male chauvinism in its ranks, against teenage victims of rape in 2008.

Court orders state to pay for ID leak of rape victims

Korea Joongang Daily, June 17, 2008

The victims criticized the police for insulting them during the investigation.

“You have ruined the reputation of Milyang,” one of the police officers stationed at the Ulsan Southern District Police Precinct allegedly told the victims.

Police also leaked documents to the media that contained enough information to identify the victims. The victims and their mother sought 110 million won ($105,942) in damages for “extreme emotional suffering.”

Although they could have viewed the 41 suspects through a one-way mirror, police forced the victims to directly face the suspects in a line-up.

“By making the victims identify their attackers in an open area, the police failed to protect the rights of the victims and caused them to suffer humiliation,” the Supreme Court said yesterday in the ruling. “Such an act can never be justified even with the stated claim by the police that they did so to expedite the probe.”

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