12:56 am - 12/25/2012

Legal adult age reduced to 19

The age of legal adulthood is to be lowered from the current 20 to 19 under a revised civil law bill, officials said Wednesday.

The bill, which was passed by the parliamentary Legislation and Judiciary Committee last month, is expected to be approved at a plenary session of the National Assembly next month, they said.

When the revision takes effect in July 2013, young adults the age of 19 will be able to undertake contracts and other legally binding acts without the consent of a legal guardian.

According to legislation officials, the age was lowered in response to a global trend of young adults maturing both mentally and physically quicker than past generations.

The legal voting age in South Korea is already 19.

Officials said they considered the fact that adolescents of that age are able to recognize the social and economic realities of society.

(The rest of the article talks also talks about how the bill is also changing laws regarding guardianship of those with disabilities.)

Source: The Korean Herald http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20110112000713

I know this is a super old article from last year, but I keep seeing people talking about "age of consent" or "age of adulthood" when it comes to idols. This actually states what it is, and what it will be, because as far as I can tell there is no straightforward answer anywhere else. And when it comes to legal matters it is Western age, not Korean age. So while as it states voting is 19, and drinking might be 19 too, until July 1st you're only a legal adult when you're 20. Age of consent? Whole 'nother matter entirely. I've never been able to find a statement on that one. I think the fact that rape on victims under the age of 16 (if you are over 19) can get you diagnosed with pedophilia, and that the traditional marriageable age with parental consent for Korean girls is 16 (18 for boys), says a lot.

I just hope this could clear some questions up!
b1gay4 26th-Dec-2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
fallingfortruth 27th-Dec-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm so proud, it's my bb sister's first Omona post. <3
fallingfortruth 27th-Dec-2012 12:54 am (UTC)
Oh noes, outed that I'm charlotterhys's sister.

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On a post that almost no one will read, because no one gives a shit about actual Korean law.
lee_chikin 28th-Dec-2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
ape on victims under the age of 16 (if you are over 19) can get you diagnosed with pedophilia, and [...] the traditional marriageable age with parental consent for Korean girls is 16

What? Why? That doesn't sound very logic.
charlotterhys 28th-Dec-2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/120523/south-korea-chemical-castration-raping-children-child-rapist

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/04/south-korea-looks-to-expand-chemical-castration-law-state-run-media-report/

The second one is talking about how they're thinking of expanding the age to those under 19.

http://data.un.org/Data.aspx?d=GenderStat&f=inID:19

You can search for both Koreas.

I swear I've read something official saying that in the last few years that marriage was now at age 20 straight across with no parental consent necessary, but the internet is screwing with me.

Anyway, I was just saying that in my opinion these things pointed to as good a suggestion on age of consent as any. It's obviously not legal adult age because IU is 19. I'm sorry if what was my opinion in italics wasn't clear.
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