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Lover accused of attempted rape

June 19th, 2007 . by Matt

Is adultery still illegal in Korea? Could those laws have contributed to this?

An appeals court on Sunday acquitted a 20-year-old college student of sexual assault against a 27-year-old married neighbor. The court accepted the student’s argument that he had a relationship with the woman.

The student, identified as Kim, met the woman identified as Lee, who lives next door, last July when he was a high school student. He visited Lee’s home frequently and they became lovers. One day last August, Kim was talking to Lee while touching her intimately at Lee’s home. The landlord, who was visiting the premises, spotted them, and Kim fled. Police were called, and Lee told them a burglar had broken into the house and threatened her with a knife. Kim confirmed the account, apparently hoping Lee would not press severe charges if he covered up their relationship. Instead, he found himself charged with attempted rape.

The court at first instance sentenced Kim to two-and-a-half years in prison. However, Kim changed his mind during trial because Lee also demanded compensation and behaved offensively to Kim’s parents in order to prove her innocence to her husband.

On appeal, the Seoul High Court found Kim not guilty, saying it made no sense that, as Kim alleged, a criminal would merely touch Lee’s body for two hours while threatening her with a knife. It also cited Kim’s knowledge of the layout of Lee’s home and personal information about her husband and children, plus the fact that he knew her telephone had been cut off.


11 Responses to “Lover accused of attempted rape”

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    With 1.2 million comfort hookers in Korea, you got to figure that there are at least a few hundered thousand men who are guilty of adultery.

  2. comment number 2 by: General Tiger

    Matt:

    Is adultery still illegal in Korea

    There’s something along those lines, I’ll have to search my books…
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    GarlicBreath:

    With 1.2 million comfort hookers in Korea, you got to figure that there are at least a few hundered thousand men who are guilty of adultery.

    And how many hookers are there in your country? Seems like pot calling kettle black.

  3. comment number 3 by: GarlicBreath

    Hi Tigger,

    Adultery isn’t illegal here. I think there is great irony that Korea has over one million women selling their bodies, and there is a law against adultery.

  4. comment number 4 by: kjeff

    1.2 million prostitutes…the often-cited Ministry of Gender and Family Equality’s study, hmmm… I’m puzzled that not many are having problem with this stats, 2.5% of the population made up 4% of the economy. Doesn’t that mean that on average, Korean prostitutes are earning almost twice per capita income?

    Matt,

    Is adultery still illegal in Korea?

    My understanding(mostly from TV programs) is it is, but I don’t think many pursue it. You may get the satisfaction(if any), but the shame(you shouldn’t, but you do) of everyone knowing kind of goes with it.

  5. comment number 5 by: General Tiger

    GarlicBreath:

    I think there is great irony that Korea has over one million women selling their bodies, and there is a law against adultery.

    I wonder where you learned your English. Only married people can commit adultery.

  6. comment number 6 by: GarlicBreath

    I wonder where you learned your English. Only married people can commit adultery.

    Are you suggesting only unmarried men go to the prostitutes?

    358,000 men visit prostitutes daily at one of Korea’s 5,000 illegal barber shops, steam baths, hotels, tea rooms and salons for businessmen. The study found that nearly 20 percent in the 20-to-64 age bracket purchase sex more than four times a month

    Your logic is very interesting. I think its Corean enough to land a seat on the Corean supreme court.

  7. comment number 7 by: Errol

    An interesting case study in Korean anthropology.

    The Pervy Landlord: A familiar trope in Korean literature and film. From the lecherous landlords perving on their tenants, to the senile yangban perving on unobtainable princesses bathing, to the uncouth young yokels perving on farmgirls having a roll in the hay with itinerant tradesmen.

    The Malleable Younger Spouse: Much sought after by today’s generation of bossy Korean women. 1 in 7 Korean women have formalised their preference for young Korean boys, as can be seen in the following quote from the Korea Times.

    The magazine also reported that the rate of older women marrying younger men has increased. About 13 percent of newly weds in 2006 were such couples, up 2.8 percentage points from 1996.

    Young Korean boys are expected to be as malleable as this boy was, until the woman “behaved offensively to Kim’s parents in order to prove her innocence to her husband.”

    The Cuckolded Husband: 1, 2, 3 … Hwa-byoung!

    The Female Statistic: “According to a National Statistical Office report, 44.8 percent of marriages ended in divorce.” From the good old State Department.

    Interesting comments on Korean attitudes to rape and prostitution also contained in that report.

  8. comment number 8 by: Ken

    I wonder why this guy had to rape own girl friend.
    Korean society seems harsh to the victims of sexual crime and tender to the criminals.
    http://www.chosunonline.com/article/20070618000044
    A junior-high school girl was raped by 40 high school boys and was missing from home.
    Her parents devided the money paid by way of compromise with the relatives who recommended to do so and rent a house with the money.
    http://www.chosunonline.com/article/20070618000045

  9. comment number 9 by: Phil2Musashi

    “The US military still considers adultery a court marshal offense that can result in dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay, and up to one year of confinement” from http://www.divorce-lawyer-source.com/html/law/adultery_divorce.html

    Just a idea here. I don’t really think of Korea’s huge prostitution industry as showing any lack of morals or anything like that. In fact, I think that most Korean’s societal values are so strong that it increases prostitution.

    Conservative attitudes tell people that sex outside of marriage is bad. Kids have unprotected sex in Korea because if they buy condoms they will be judged as immoral by store clerks, friends, families (and even by their sexual partner!).

    People try and hide entire relationships so that parents don’t get suspicious of pre-marital sex.

    Public displays of affection are looked down upon, and when you live at home with your parents, there are few intimate places left for young couples to “get it on”.

    Couples are also working harder, going to school longer, and getting married later, so it goes without saying that people don’t want to wait to have sex.

    For men in a sexless relationship, (say they are engaged, but still in school, or don’t have the money to get married yet) brothels create an outlet for sexual release and exploration.

    Korean society says “don’t have sex” but the human body says “give it to me!!!”. You can only follow the rules for so long before biology starts breaking down the door.

    Brothels and other establishments offering sexual services allow Korean men a place to have sex without their loved ones judging them.

    These same social pressures also create an environment where a woman who has pre-marital sex can be seen as “tainted” or “spoiled” in the eyes of friends and family and loved ones. Such crazy ideas like that create an environment where having sex outside of marriage even once makes you a “whore”, and there is no doubt in my mind that once this label is applied vigoursly enough by an individual or by thier peers, they will start to believe it, and limit themselves within that identity.

    I say sex education, a serious look at how industrialization changes sexuality in society, and a rethinking of values, would help Korea reduce the commodification of sex.

    Imagine you are not allowed to have sex until you are married, and your not going to get married until you finish your: B.A.?; Masters?; Phd?; Get into middle management?; Become the boss of a firm?; Or find a rich person to marry you?. Hell, with those kind of social pressures, I would be spending a lot of money on the sex trade as well!

    What do you guys think?

  10. comment number 10 by: leey

    This article reminds me a lot of the Jerry Springer show in America.
    Why, in America, they make entertainment out of this stuff!

  11. comment number 11 by: otoritakeo

    Phil2Musashi, I agree with you. The following is from the Opinion page in The Australian newspaper.

    “At work the British Council introduced free internet access for educational purposes. Within days the students had downloaded the most obscene pornography from sites banned in Saudi Arabia, but easily accessed via the British Council’s satellite connection. Segregation of the sexes, made worse by the veil, had spawned a culture of pent-up sexual frustration that expressed itself in the unhealthiest ways.

    Using Bluetooth technology on mobile phones, strangers sent pornographic clips to one another. Many of the clips were recordings of homosexual acts between Saudis and many featured young Saudis in orgies in Lebanon and Egypt. The obsession with sex in Saudi Arabia had reached worrying levels: rape and abuse of both sexes occurred frequently, some cases even reaching the usually censored national press. ”

    http://theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21998959-601,00.html?from=public_rss