Korean Military Academy Accused of Sexual Assault Cover-up

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From NEWS1:

Korean society is in shock following the news of a sexual assault in a Korean Military Academy dormitory. The Academy’s slow response to the crime has lead to increasing public uproar.

A male cadet of the Korean Military Academy raped his female junior on the academy’s campus on May 22.

However, since the academy revealed the incident one week after it happened, people are questioning whether the academy was trying to cover up the case on purpose.

The academy announced that they did not immediately reveal the case in order to protect the victim’s privacy, but people are still criticising the academy.

One netizen said with anger via twitter, ‘The academy said they didn’t reveal the case because they wanted the victim to continue her study at school and to protect her privacy. But it shows how they deal with the sexual harassment poorly when it happens to women.’

Another netizen criticized the academy via twitter saying, ‘A senior male cadet raped his female junior, and professors encouraged students to drink heavily. Seniors forced juniors to drink alcohol, and they said it’s not the head of academy’s fault. It seems like they are still drunk.’

Currently, a male cadet is imprisoned, and a female cadet is getting psychotherapy from the Military hospital. It has been reported that the academy decided to dismiss the male cadet from the academy.

This is not the first time a cadet has been kicked out of the school for a sex crime.

In 2008, a Korean Military Academy student, with the surname Kim, was kicked out of the academy for taking a women’s picture in the subway restroom about 30 times.

According to  military law, people who studied at the Korean Military Academy for at least one year can work as a non-commissioned officer or an active soldier without getting any physical examination for conscription.

However, it seems like it will be difficult for the male cadet, an assailant, to get a noncom missioned officer job because the sexual harassment record will remain.

Comments from Nate:

hogu****

Shouldn’t they put him behind bars? Why are they talking about simple expulsion? What bullshit.

gofp****

Send them to Samchung Gyoyookdae. What rubbish. [Note: Samchun Gyoyookdae – A concentration camp that was build in 1980 by former president Chun Doo-hwan, infamous for violating human rights.]

lady****

I think if women go to the army, that kind of thing might happen a lot. It would be a good idea to have separate troops for only women and let them be trained.

smg8****

How can cadets like that be expected to protect the nation? And they complain about a lack of discipline in the army… They didn’t even know when a North Korean soldier came to their office and knocked the door. Soldiers are worse than civilians. Aspiring commissioned officers should be ashamed. pitiful

song****

They are insane. How can their professors order them to binge drink? The head of academy should resign.

dbfl****

See all the comments. They are saying that the problem is that women were admitted to the Korean Military Academy. People are always blaming the victims. Who blames whom?

coas****

Make sure he will be punished. And please prevent future incidents. It’s shameful. What would Japan would think? ‘See? Soldiers need sexual comfort.’ Japan might say something like that. What a shame!

czar****

The tragedy started when the government accepted women into the Korean Military Academy while not allowing women to apply for the regular army.

uk75****

It hasn’t been long that the president announced sexual harassment will be treated strictly. But, those people are just doing whatever they want.

ssiq****

All Officials have to be fired. If they take care of it poorly, it will be difficult to clear their name.

dice****

SB. Even though they followed the proper procedure of investigation, people are blaming them. What, should the school have advertised the incident to the four major newspapers as soon as it happened? And should they broadcast that they are going to investigate sexual harassment cases? Just blame the one who did wrong thing. Why do they make an issue out of irrelevant things? Netizens are just happy to attack them.

appr****

Honestly, why do women go the Korean Military Academy? What can they do? How can they call themselves soldier or general when they can’t even beat male private soldiers?

shak****

Why are people mentioning the gender of the cadet from article about sexual harassment? What is their purpose? We don’t have enough time to talk about only the academy’s reaction or how to punish the assailant.

onjo****

Korean Military Academy, it’s as amazing as I’ve heard.

skwo****

They embarrassed all Korean Military Academy graduates ke

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  • yz

    There they go crying because of what happened to ”Comfort Woman” and demand apologies and all sorts of things from Japan, yet their own sex offenders are let off so damn lightly. Hypocrites.

    • Michael K

      Yeah, total hypocrites. Look at all the netizens commenting how the punishment should be even lighter.

      • yz

        I’m obviously not talking about the people/netizens but the government. It’s up to the government to change the law and punish sex offenders more severely. you guys should start to use your brain when reading comments. What I actually meant with my 1st comment is the following: Korea wants the Japanese to acknowledge their sex crimes and take full responsibility in every possible way, but at the same time they don’t make such a big deal out of the sex offenders within their own borders which seems wrong to me. The girls who are getting raped today are just as important as the ones who got, let’s say ”raped” 50-60 years ago. The main reason why Koreans are angry about what happened to ”Comfort Woman” is as far as I’m concerned because the ones who did it were simply Japanese. Koreans aren’t in search of justice but it’s more about revenge if you ask me. The day Korea starts to punish sex offenders in a rightful way, showing their true concern about these matters, will be the day I won’t call them hypocrites anymore.

        • ChuckRamone

          Likewise, you wouldn’t say the Japanese government can’t complain about getting nuked during WWII because its own bad policies contributed to the Fukushima disaster.

          • yz

            lol I think your example is pretty bad. ”Comfort Woman” & today’s victims have something in common, both got raped etc. yet one gets all the sympathy of the world by it’s government and the other one gets somewhat dismissed, the assault even got covered up. I’m disappointed with Korea because one would think that a country with a past such as Korea’s would be extra sensitive when it comes to sexual assault, but no it’s exactly the opposite. Back to your example, no one in the world would ever compare the Fukushima disaster with the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for one happened while the country was in war and the other happened due to a natural disaster

          • ChuckRamone

            lol I think your example is pretty bad. The comfort women were systematically rounded up during World War II by official Japanese state policy. This is an isolated case of an assault in the Korean military. The article clearly states Korean society is upset about the cover up. How is it treating rape any more lightly? Also, you’d think the Japanese government would be more sensitive to the dangers of radiation, having experienced the only nuclear bombing of civilians. But it’s exactly the opposite. They want cheap nuclear power, and they don’t care about the dangers because they get a lot of money from the big businesses running the plants. I’m disappointed with Japan for this.

        • Nyai

          I think that the problem with “comfort woman” is that the case is not acknowledge by japanese nor a formal apologie has been made, it’s not revenge but recognition of a crime with many victimes commited in the past.

          • yahnati

            My understanding of it is that multiple Japanese high officials *have* acknowledged that it happened and apologized for it. There are still people saying it didn’t and trying to make political gain out of denying it, but there are conspiracy theorist crackpots everywhere, including the ranks of politicians.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan

    • ChuckRamone

      You’re making totally false equivalencies. Each case is dealt with in its own right. You don’t say a criminal shouldn’t be punished for theft because the arresting policeman once stole a candy bar in his teen years.

      • jon776

        True. The comfort women issue were not even close to as bad as how Korean men treat their women in general. Comfort women, they were the lucky ones. Korean women are like slave women.

        • ChuckRamone

          So I guess you’ve been a Korean man’s girlfriend before. Hope he didn’t treat you too badly.

          • jon776

            I sense that you’re in denial about the truth of the Korean man. What a shame.

          • dk2020

            What about rape in Norway?

            One in 10 women in Norway are raped. A 2007 survey by Amnesty International in cooperation with Reform – resource center for men – revealed that victim blaming attitudes remain very common in Norway. The survey showed that 48% of men surveyed believed that women are fully or partly responsible for a sexual assault if they openly flirt before the attack, while 28% believed the same about women who dressed in a provocative way. Furthermore, 20% held the view that a woman is fully or partly responsible for the sexual attack if she is known to have several sexual partners.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_statistics

            Sounds familiar huh? Even with far better gender equality in the utopias like the Nordic countries. Being blamed based on race is ignorant and that’s a damn shame. I certainly don’t condone it but the more scandals reported the harsher the laws will become. I say chemically castrate them all ..

          • jon776

            And who do you think rape women in Norway? White guys? Come on. All European prisons are overfilled with brownies and blacks, mostly muslims.

          • dk2020

            Oh yeah, 3% of the population is doing all the raping in Norway sounds xenophobic and ironic ..

          • jon776

            No, not all the raping, but the majority of it. Statistics from most European countries show the same. It’s a fact.

          • Vasilios81

            that’s actually true. Muslim immigrants are doing most of the rapes. Sadly. The police report referred to is Voldtekt i den globale byen (Rape in the global city – May 2011 report) which provides a detailed analysis of the rape statistics in Oslo during 2010. The report shows that, of 131 individuals charged with the 152 rapes in which the perpetrator could be identified, 45.8% were of African, Middle Eastern or Asian origin while 38.2 were Norweigan citizens (foreign and national), 2.3% American, and 13.7% other European (foreign and national Europeans).

          • doubledouble

            just because there are more charged does not mean they’re the ones doing most of the raping. just like the us, i’m sure their minorities are more likely to be charged than a white guy. also “in which the perpetrator could be identified”… well it certainly makes it a lot easier to identify a minority isn’t it?

    • HaakonKL

      Except that as we see in the comments, the citizens are pretty pissed at this too.
      Also, Chuck Ramone is right. Listen to that.

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Wait, how did this news get out in the first place? Did the Academy report it or did some random papers just start running the story? What I wish to know is whether the Academy had any intent on releasing the story in the first place?

    It wouldn’t be a stretch on an imagination have a military force cover up rape cases to preserve morale and public image… I mean, homosexuality is still being dealt with, so clearly sexual issues and topics are being tread upon with great carefulness as well as caution.

    Not saying the topics about gay and rape go together, just that military has a history of not dealing too well with topics of sex. So I wonder what they were going to do in this case?

  • KCdude

    Now my male students look like potential sex offenders of the future in this nation.

  • Marcus Muller

    South Korean military has taken a page from it’s counterpart/master.. Murrica. Where women get raped in the military and largely gets ignored. Even the women raped in India gets more justice! In good ol Murrica we just discharge them bitches who got raped.

  • Jang

    The Korean military academy is an upstanding group. Before this they haven’t had any incidents since 2008 and that didn’t even happen behind the walls/fences of their extreme love campus. It has been reported that there are rapes and/or sexual assaults(male on male) occurring within the Korean military at a rate of about or at least 2 per week.

    • kangsongdaeguk

      “sexual assaults(male on male) ”

      Really?

  • commander

    The alleged cover up of the sexual assault at the academy further tarnished already smeared reputation with the sexual incident of its kind.

    The sexual crime coverup might be motivated by the fear officials at the academy have that the disclosure could affect their promotion to higher ranks.

    South Korean military convention is that troops commamders, who are given sweeping powers in commanding its soldiers, should bear all responsibilities for whatever happens even in a incident that has nothing to do with their leadship.

    Holding commanders accountable for everything that occurs has produced the visible side effect: The clandestine blockage of incidents being reported to outside.

    Therefore, the real question is that should they shoulder all blames that is hard to be seen their faults?

    Drinking on campus during an annual festival at the academy has been tradition, meaning that drinking cannot be a sufficient condition for igniting the shocking sexual assault.

    But the military’s alleged secretiveness in dealing with spotlight attracting incident fueled public speculation and media frenzy saying that military discipline at the acdemy is too mich loosened.

    But no one knows for sure. The umprecedented sexual assault could be attributed simply to the assailany cadet’s psychology and a uncontrollable moment of sexual urge, not to thr military academy’s training system or school head’s leadership.

    In a nutshell, the military’s unwillingness to disclose crimes within transparently may be the source of public distrust in the military.

  • x1sfg

    Same thing happens/happened at USMA, USAFA, and USNA. Not excusing it, but when you combine:

    Usually a 8:1 or over male:female ratio
    Youth 18-22, some prior service up to 25 or so
    Very little freedom, very little free time, a strict schedule and an intense workload
    Cadet military environment
    Stress from academic, military, extracurriculars and collateral duties

    Not a good mix

  • Chris Hansen

    Just can’t wait for the North Koreans to take over the wimpy south…

  • Badaboum

    Waht makes me laugh is that when Korean men talk about feminism, they say ” then women should go to the army service ! ” (lol as if it would guarantee equality) but then, when there is sexual assault, they’re all like ” but why women in the army ? “

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