Thursday, April 21, 2011

Native speaking teacher sexually assaulted in Anyang

The Herald Gyeongje, Maeil Gyeongje, Chosun Ilbo, NoCut News, Gyeonggi Ilbo, and Hanguk Daehak Sinmun have reported on this story. Here a translation of the Chosun Ilbo article:
Four university students sexually assault drunken English hagwon native speaking teacher

On the 19th Manan(gu) Police in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do arrested three university students, including 18 year-old A, and booked without detention 18 year-old B for the group sexual assault of a foreign woman.

According to police, at 12:05am on the 12th, after drinking together at a bar in Anyang-1-dong in Manan-gu, the students took drunken 24 year-old American C, an English hagwon native speaking teacher, to a motel where they repeatedly sexually assaulted her and stole money and valuables such as her phone worth 800,000 won.

They approached C and drank with her after the group she was drinking with left her alone. When C became so drunk she couldn't keep her balance, they took her to a nearby motel. It's become known that after they arrived at the motel, they decided what order they would go in and sexually assaulted her.

During the the police investigation they confessed that, "At first we just wanted to sit and drink together, but when C became really drunk the idea of sexually assaulting her came to us." Police revealed, "None of the four have records of committing sex crimes."

When C discovered what had happened the next day, she told someone working at her hagwon the story and they contacted the police together. C is working as an English instructor at a hagwon in the Pyeongchon area of Anyang and has been in Korea for 6 months.
The "get her drunk and sexually assault her as a group" M.O. is not uncommon, as this 2007 article pointed out:
Another aspect of teenage sex crimes in Korea is that they frequently happen in groups. Some 50 percent of teenage rape cases occurred in groups, compared to 30 percent for adults. Experts say that this tendency is higher in Korea than in other countries.
I wouldn't be surprised if it's university students who help make the adult rate so high.

10 comments:

seouldout said...

Question: what's up with all these yogwans allowing this to happen again and again? And again. The attackers bring/carry/drag their (near) unconscious victims up to the counter, pay the 40,000 won, and it's "party time" for the boys. Seems pretty obvious that a crime is soon to be committed.

Is 40k won that important to the motel?

Ought not the owner be charged as an accomplice?

Darth Babaganoosh said...

They were drunk. Please understand their situation.

jjj_alltheway said...

Have you ever heard of a sexual assault on a Korean University campus? In the U.S. approx. 90% of sexual assaults go unreported. I wonder why you had to translate this story or no Korean English newspaper reported it?

F5Waeg said...

alltheway, you miss the point: if it were a bunch of waegs doing this, it would be national news colored in tones of how the foreign devils are only here to despoil the pure Korean maidens, followed by a witch hunt and further govt regulation.

Turned around, it is simply a case of youthful indiscretion.

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Charles Montgomery said...

LOL..

alltheway

may just have gone to one of those Korean Uni's (fewer and fewer of them as time goes by) that doesn't teach critical thinking.

B_Wagner said...

i'm confused by the criticism. asking why the english press hasn't covered the issue (and matt had to) seems like a pretty good question.

has an article in english come out in the meantime by the way?

horrible case. im also surprised to hear it happened in anyang, such a nice area. though i suppose it's stupid to think that such things don't happen in even the nicest areas.

Mike said...

has an article in english come out in the meantime by the way?

There was a brief eight line piece in The Korea Times three days ago - but that's all I've seen about this in the English-language versions of the major newspapers:

Korea Times article link

Darth Babaganoosh said...

Have you ever heard of a sexual assault on a Korean University campus?

Yep. Happens all the time at events such as MT. Just because it's not reported to the police or in the newspaper doesn't mean people on campus don't talk.

Harrassment, sex-for-grades, the occasional assault... they all buzz about campus. They're open secrets. People know, but don't say anything.

B_Wagner said...

@Mike

Thanks. Brief indeed. The word choice at the KT is always, well, interesting. "Collegians"? "drunken foreign woman"?