10:46 pm - 04/15/2012

Friend of Rapist Becomes Police Officer, Netizens Disgusted

Following the police failure in the handling of the Suwon Torso Murder Incident, another case has emerged in Miryang, a small town in Gyeongsang province, leading many netizens to suggest that the Korean police system needs to undergo serious reforms.

Since April 10th, the Miryang police station website has been overwhelmed by messages from enraged netizens after it was revealed that a high-school student involved with the “Miryang gang rape” case in 2004 has become a police officer there.

In the “Miryang gang rape” incident, which took place in Miryang city in 2004, two middle school students were gang raped repeatedly for about 12 months by a group of 44 (some unofficial estimates are as high as 80-90) high school students. Sadly, the police failed to protect the identity of the victims, used allegedly humiliating investigations techniques, and on several occasions were accused of insulting the victims and their families –– blaming them for the incident. Lastly, as many of the assailants were from rich influential local families, most of them got away with a warning and allegedly continue to live normal lives.

The public anger about the handling of the Miryang incident has resurfaced again, after it became clear that Hwang Seon-mi, a friend and a girlfriend of one of the Miryang gang members, had become a police officer at the local police station. The following image of a message sent by Hwang Seon-mi to her friend shortly after the incident has been making a splash on Korean internet.

[Translation of above]
Did it all get sorted out ok?
I’ve heard that apart from 3 people everyone came out fine…
Those girls were so ugly anyway…
Anyway, good work.

Responding to attacks from netizens, Hwang Seon-mi has posted an open apology saying that she regrets her past behavior. She also writes that it was just a mistake which she committed in her youth and asks for understanding. However, netizens do not believe the sincerity of this, especially since the emergence of the personal statement written by Hwang Seon-mi when applying for the post at the police station – has been made public:

I am a very honest and diligent person and I know myself well. I think about crime from the viewpoint of criminals too, and in case of sexual assault I am able to consider both – victim’s as well as criminal’s position and whether the victim did not walk around in a manner encouraging to be assaulted. So please choose me for this position. I can do some martial arts as well.

Source: koreabang
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rosetta16 16th-Apr-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
can a women really be this cold hearted?
wow is like wow and i agree her words don’t sound sincere
"victim’s as well as criminal’s position and whether the victim did not walk around in a manner encouraging to be assaulted"
wtf, is she one of those people that believes rape victims are the ones on fault for dressing to short and stuff like that?? didnt she said they were ugly? i bet thousands of people think U ARE UGLY
Girl u need to be bitch slap HARD
the criminal position? what, did the accidentally rape them? fuck off this women logic

Edited at 2012-04-16 01:17 am (UTC)
dislike 16th-Apr-2012 01:13 am (UTC)
every public official who's going to deal with rape victims needs to at least take a seminar about rape culture and victim blaming (i mean everyone in general should but you hear way, way too often of those in positions of power, man or woman, furthering abuse)
anconeous 16th-Apr-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
Ugh. Horrible.
hellafun 16th-Apr-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
putangina.. fucking hell.. What is happening to humanity? Fucking rape apologist, scumbag. You'd think she would at least feel for her fellow women, but NO. fucker.
a_happy_twat 16th-Apr-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
pretty much the first words that came out of my mouth when i read this :/
kayleen_san 16th-Apr-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Fuck. Everything.

There are no words to describe how horrible this story is...from beginning to end. Makes me wonder if there are any more victims that are now too scared to ever come forward because of the treatment these girls received.
cimelleh 16th-Apr-2012 01:53 am (UTC)
This is so disgusting.

And the part about them coming from rich influential families being why they got off without harsher punishment- it's that shit that's prevalent in china too that is also so disgusting.

And this girl, she's someone with a dried up stain instead of a soul.
gigabytexx 16th-Apr-2012 02:00 am (UTC)
whether the victim did not walk around in a manner encouraging to be assaulted.
Pretty much a common viewpoint of people where I'm living.

I remember there was once a comedy show in my local TV, they discussed about rape cases. Person A says exactly like statement above, then person B said, "But people in western countries are also wearing 'triggering' clothes but the number of rape cases is still lower than our country!" (fyi, wearing a tanktop+hotpants around the mall for a girl can be considered as a slut in here).
Person A: "Well maybe they've seen too much people wearing that so they got used to it! Maybe our country should ban porn movies so the new generation won't get triggered to do one as well."
Person B: "But people in Japan are also have so much porns, prostitutions are legal and gravures displayed publicly but the number of rape cases are still lower than ours! In here, even grandmas who shop at the night market also got raped...... I wonder if appearance is the only big problem in here?"
Person A: "Then how about every women just stay in the house and not do anything.."

I was like :| wtf obviously 'appearance' isn't really the big issue. But in here there's a popular motto from a tv show, "Crime happens when there's a chance." and usually pretty much applied to the victims. ugh.

Edited at 2012-04-16 02:03 am (UTC)
cairistiona 16th-Apr-2012 11:12 am (UTC)
The thing is, people who blame the clothes the victim was wearing also do the same if she's not in a tanktop + hotpants. If she was wearing a hijab and full length dress the blamer will say she had it coming for easy access/something racially motivated. If she's wearing trousers or jeans they'll say it was too slutty and women should wear skirts, and god forbid she be wearing anything without sleeves or above the knee (with your tanktop and hotpants example). It's ridiculous but it happens. A woman will never be safe from victim blaming regarding her clothing no matter what she wears. She could wear a parka and they'll find some way of saying it was triggering clothing.
silveretude 16th-Apr-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
It's one thing for men to be caviler and blase about rape, but women? No, NO, FUCK YOU, victim blaming is NOT the fucking answer here and the fact that this woman is in the police force is testament to how much the system needs reform. What a joke.
catnipss88 16th-Apr-2012 03:08 am (UTC)
lol all these recent non kpop news are so fucked up

i wont trust this girl
xxkumorixx 16th-Apr-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
something else i wonder is why this girl is ok with the fact that her bf just raped other girls
and not questioning his character.
ori0n 16th-Apr-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
haven't read the comments yet but.. other than my doubts about her moral standards...

i wouldn't date a guy who rapes another person. heck, i can't even stay with a guy who is thinking of two-timing me.


falling_empress 16th-Apr-2012 04:58 am (UTC)
This is seriously vomit inducing.

The last time I heard someone say that women invite rape by dressing the way they want, I spent 5 hours on FB chat before one of my finals at 5 am in the morning to tell him why that is not okay. I cannot believe that there are people out there who still think "don't dress that way and you won't get raped" instead of "DON'T RAPE." fucking stupid.
deeinanutshell 16th-Apr-2012 05:03 am (UTC)
uledy 16th-Apr-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
benihime99 16th-Apr-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Thank you
benihime99 16th-Apr-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
What did I just read?
What is happening in SK lately?
And what the hell is happening in Omona?

Now that I can think. Let's be clear about a few things.
Saying yes =/= not saying no
Clothes (any clothes or no clothes) are not an invitation to rape

Edited at 2012-04-16 06:17 am (UTC)
angelynn_virus 16th-Apr-2012 06:49 am (UTC)

It's a mad world we'Re living in, sweetheart~
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