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
luvey 15th-Apr-2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
1. " 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"
how the hell did this happen for so long with so many people??? did the students' parents not believe that this was happening to them. if they told them? (don't answer i know HOW, i'm just dumbfounded by this.)

2." 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."
sadly, power and money seem to play a big part in society when it comes to justice.

3. the articles seems to be missing something, because i don't fully understand the rage against this girl. if this is just it. the girl who applied and was accepted to work at the police station should not be under such scrutiny to not have that job. if her only offense is being a friend/girlfriend of one of those involved AND that crass/tasteless post she made in 2004. (was it 2004 or was it recent?). NOW if she was directly involved - watched, helped, assist, lure, etc - then i can understand the outrage of her becoming an officer. this article doesn't make it clear. ..... edit to add i just read her statement. must of missed it due to my fourth thought. that is a wtf.

4. "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"
between the amount of time and the number of individuals involved, plus THIS....leaves me wtf at the justice system and the human race. wtf is wrong with people.


Edited at 2012-04-15 09:11 pm (UTC)
xcherryblossomx 15th-Apr-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
3. She posted this message after the investigation:

[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.


...
Idg why she decided to become a cop.
luvey 15th-Apr-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
yeah that was part of my question in my comment. was that posted in 2004 or closer to the present day? i'm curious.

edited to add: " 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." by this i'm guessing it was back in 2004/2005. it wasn't smart/it was tasteless/ and horrible. but that statement alone should not have caused her a job if the job was something she recently applied for. if everyone's employment was based on stupid tasteless comments of their youth for the rest of their lives, then half of omona would never get a job.

i'm not defending this person just, curious about the timeline (and her personal statement should be judged more so, cause that is present.

edited cause my eyes are tired.

Edited at 2012-04-15 09:34 pm (UTC)
rikli 15th-Apr-2012 10:12 pm (UTC)
to me it is still like SHE KNEW back then about the rapes... idk what a life changing experience she must've got through but, omg, how stupid, even teenager, can be to doesn't see it as a WRONG act?
i don't buy it :/
luvey 15th-Apr-2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
i'm still thinking she is a dumbass and non remorseful of the actions by her friends due to her personal statement., but this report is pretty vague about her involvement back then and only lists the fact that she was a gf/friend of one of the participants.... i can't assume anything other info rn than what was given in the article. so i am curious if she knew, and what her participation factor was?

and i agree what she wrote was beyond stupid as a teenager, and seeing how the town also blamed the victims....idek. i can see how she has that privileged lemming attitude.

i saw someone linked this http://populargusts.blogspot.com/2008/06/justice-for-miryang-victims.html and i haven't had a chance to read it since i am in the middle of adding mileage for my accountant. (my eyes are blurry and i'm cranky and tired dealing with taxes).
rikli 16th-Apr-2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
yes, there's still not enough info about her, now and back then, but still, as a teenager i would be terrified the same as now...
i'm going to read this article now.
luvey 15th-Apr-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
oh and i agree idg why she wanted to go into law enforcement. unless she had connections and it was a cushy job - looking at the corruption and how the group got barely a slap on the hand.
kiku_cha8_8 15th-Apr-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Her actions as a teenager were in bad taste/stupid but that her personal statement just highlights that she hasn't grown out of that kind of mentality. That's why I'm angry, seems to be the general consensus on omona and I assume Knetizens.
luvey 15th-Apr-2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
and i edited to add that is a wtf. but i am curious as to her position in the department and the full story around her.
cettefemme90 15th-Apr-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
wrt #1...wouldn't they at least get charged for kidnapping/holding someone against their will, even if they couldn't 'prove' (urgh) the sex was nonconsensual. I mean, did they keep them for the whole year, or keep taking them every day after school or something? If the former, I cannot see at all how they got away scot-free (hell, even if the latter tbh).

I need a hug.

Edited to add: actually, these kids were very much minors. Children. So of course the sex was nonconsensual. Rage.

Another edit: according to this article, they were threatened and kept returning because of the threats: http://populargusts.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/justice-for-miryang-victims.html

Edited at 2012-04-16 12:48 am (UTC)
luvey 16th-Apr-2012 01:43 am (UTC)
yeah i posted the link above, i haven't had a chance to read it, but i plan to. between finishing taxes and spazzing on twitter about kangin (and how adorable donghae was) my eyes can't handle much more computer reading
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