Here are the articles we referenced regarding rape and sexual assault in South Korea.
Police Response to Airdre Mattner
Open Letter to Ms. Mattner from the Police
Police Apologize for the Open Letter
More apologies from the Police.
Ms. Mattner’s Account Differs from the Police and Hospital Records
Korea Observer Article
How Rape is Defined in Korea
Miryang Gang Rape
Rape and Sexual Assault Statistics in Korea
Wall Street Journal
Services Available in the Event of Rape or Sexual Assault
The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family runs 30 relief centers for victims of sexual, domestic and school violence. There are three types ― One-stop Support Centers for victims of sexual and school violence (15), the Sun-flower Children Centers (8), and Sun-flower Women and Children Centers (7).
The one-stop centers and women’s centers offer help to victims of sexual, domestic and school violence as well as victims of sex trafficking. They have free comprehensive counseling, investigative work, medical care and legal advice and operate 24/7. No translators but might call one.
Victims should call 1899-3075 immediately after the attack and they will be connected to the center nearest their location. According to the ministry, 22,573 victims visited the centers last year, an increase from 11,134 in 2008.
Also, the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center offers help to victims in English and Korean. They provide counseling and support for victims, including medical and legal advice. The center can be reached at (02) 338-2890~2, www.sisters.or.kr or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seoul Survivor Services which specializes in helping foreigners. Has a U.S.-trained advocate. email@example.com or visiting their Facebook page, “Seoul Survivor Services.
In Jeolla: Foreigner-friendly, on facebook@ Jeolla Safety Alliance. They want to keep foreigners “safe by passing on safety tips and keeping residents aware of crime in the region, as well as helping victims.”
The Migrant Women’s Emergency Support Services also offer counseling and aid in 11 languages. They offer telephone and in-person counseling, as well as emergency shelter services, legal counseling, connection to emergency services such as legal aid, investigation and police services, hospitals and medical treatment, and interpretation services.
The group can be contacted by calling 1577-1366 or visiting their website at www.wm1366.or.kr.
Source: Korea Herald
Descendants of the Sun
It’s a military romance. The main character, Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) is the captain of the special forces. He catches a motorcycle thief with Sergeant Major Seo Dae-young (Jin Goo). The thief is injured during his capture and is sent to the hospital. Dae-young realizes his cellphone was stolen by the thief and goes to the hospital to retrieve his cellphone.
In the emergency room, Si-jin meets Dr. Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo) for the first time. He falls in love with her immediately. Mo-yeon mistakenly assumes Si-jin is part of thief’s criminal gang. He proves to her that he is a soldier with the help of army doctor Yoon Myeong-joo (Kim Ji-won).
Descendants of the Sun is Sweeping Asia
The Five Magical Kisses on Descendants of the Sun
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