Human Rights Watch has a terrifying report on the rise in digital sex crimes in South Korea. Truly terrifying.
The evidence comes from:
The report, based on 38 interviews
My word, that is a truly stupendous evidence base.
and an online survey involving hundreds of women
Ah, that’s alright then. Add in a bit of online self-selection of the evidence base and we’re golden.
said sex crime prosecutions involving illegal filming rose 11-fold between 2008 and 2017, according to data from the Korean Institute of Criminology.
How cool! We’ve one of these sex crime problems – upskirting, that sorta thing – that the police are taking seriously, are investigating and prosecuting. Ain’t that great?
The trauma is worsened by encounters with unsympathetic police and courts, the US-based organisation said, and called on the government to introduce harsher penalties and educate men and boys about the dangers of consuming abusive images online.
“Digital sex crimes have become so common, and so feared, in South Korea that they are affecting the quality of life of all women and girls,” Heather Barr, HRW’s interim director of women’ rights, said on Wednesday.
Ah, so this is me shamefaced. I no understand.
Police vigorously pursuing and prosecuting sex crimes is not a good thing. As it’s evidence that the police aren’t taking sex crimes seriously.
This feminism stuff is difficult, isn’t it?
In 2020, however, perpetrators receive a fine or a suspended sentence, or both, in 79% of cases. “It is not at all proportionate to the harm that has been done,” Barr said.
A year earlier, prosecutors dropped 43.5% of digital sex crime cases compared to 27.7% of homicide cases and 19% of robbery cases, although the sex crime cases that were prosecuted usually ended in a conviction, the report said.
Compare that the the British police and their burglary clean up rate. Let alone prosecution rate. But of course South Korea is in the vile grip of Confucian patriarchy, isn’t it?
Still there is always, as there always is, the joy of examining a specific case. Note that this is what they themselves think should be highlighted:
Oh Soo-jin* was a 20-year-old student when she agreed to pose nude for a part-time modelling job.
Despite reassurances in her contract that the photographs would remain private, more than 700 images of her appeared on a website after she quit because her boss had demanded more sexually explicit images.
More photographs of Oh appeared – even after she sought help from the police – leading her to contemplate suicide.
“I’m quite afraid for my future,” she said. “[The images] are going to always be on someone’s computer, and I don’t know when this will stop. I thought that if this can’t stop, then I want to stop my life.”
Soft core model doesn’t want to do hard core so she doesn’t. Cool.
Also, strong and independent woman too dumb to realise why someone might want to take nudie pictures.
Hmm, yeah, this feminism stuff is difficult, isn’t it? Who knows, maybe that kitchen was the safe space?