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
uledy 16th-Apr-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
benihime99 16th-Apr-2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Thank you
angelynn_virus 16th-Apr-2012 06:44 am (UTC)
damn right!!!
modernabsurdity 16th-Apr-2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
*slow clap*

I remember when i was taking my ethics class my teacher asked "When does no mean no?" I was horrified nobody answered immediately so I shot my hand up and nearly screamed "ALWAYS." WTF is wrong with people?

Edited at 2012-04-16 03:33 pm (UTC)
uledy 16th-Apr-2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
Ugh, wonder if those people in your class actually took anything away from it if they already came in with that mindset... I took an African literature course, mainly focused on social justice and women's' rights issues. In one of the novels we read, a woman is forced by her husband to have intercourse. The wife in turn became very resentful towards the husband and our professor wanted us to discuss why. To me, it was very obvious: because he raped her. Most of the people who spoke speculated that she no longer loved him, was perhaps having an affair, ect. Incredulously, I raised my hand and said "she's resentful towards her husband because he had raped her". Shockingly most of the class dismissed my observation by saying "he can't rape her, she's his wife…" I was rendered speechless...

People with mindsets like those in both that class and yours will always baffle me. It seems so glaringly obvious and inherent that no means no and that marriage doesn't infinitely mean yes, that I find it so difficult to reason with people who think otherwise. It's never a matter of opinion. How do you explain innate human rights? Or the right to decide what happens to your body?? asdfghjk *looks at the jonghyun gif above to console my heart*
modernabsurdity 16th-Apr-2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Fun fact - America didn't have spousal rape laws until 1978! You ALWAYS have the right to revoke consent. That's so disturbing no one in your class understood the concept of spousal rape.

When she asked the question everyone got silent and looked confused. I damn near dropped my jaw. No wonder rape culture exists.

Edited at 2012-04-16 04:13 pm (UTC)
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