In Korea, sexual assault victims receive attorney consultations

January 4th, 2014 · Legal news, Women in Korea · 0 comments

Original article in Korean is at this link..

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Sexual assault victims frequently feel re-victimized during the investigation and trial processes and defenseless against threats from their attackers.

Now, a group of attorneys who specialize in supporting sexual assault victims so that they do not feel re-victimized are being praised for joining together.

Yun Jin reports.

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Children who have been sexually assaulted may exhibit anxiety, excessive shyness, and violent behavior.

They may be further victimized during the investigation and trial processes, in addition to the need for proper medical treatment.

Attorney Kim Jong-woong is now a state-approved attorney specializing in such sexual assault victims.

The goal is provide aid to victims who cannot stand up for their own rights since they do not know the law.

<Interview> Kim Jong-woong (state-appointed attorney specializing in sexual assault victims): “If a case similar to ours comes up then in the investigative process, for there to be an investigation out of the way of prying eyes, this is the simplest thing but helpful.”

The specialist attorneys provide free legal counsel to victims throughout the process from the crime to the verdict.

Since the appointment of 11 attorneys last year, in just six months over 1,000 victims have made use of the service and the number continues to increase, and the Ministry of Justice appointed an additional four attorneys this year.

<Interview> Shin Jin-hui (state-appointed attorney for victims): “I think of us as similar to public defenders who provide clear information regarding punishment under the law, and from the beginning provide correct information regarding your rights.”

Beginning this year there will be further programs for supporting sexual assault victims, including a “statement support system” for helping children and disabled sexual assault victims to provide statements to investigative agencies and courts.

Just 20% of Koreans feel they can trust strangers

January 3rd, 2014 · Society, Surveys and Studies · 0 comments

Original article in Korean is at this link..

A survey has found that just two in ten Koreans believe they can trust strangers.

On the 1st, the National Statistical Office (통계청) published its 2013 study on social trends in Korea (titled 한국의 사회동향 2013), according to which the rate of Koreans saying that they feel positive about interpersonal trust was 22.3% in 2010.

The question asked in the survey was “how much do you expect that other people will use you or treat with good will without harming you?” In response to the question “do you think that you can generally rely on other people, or that you have to be careful?” the rate of the answers “generally trust” and “always trust” fell.

In other surveys on the same question, the top country for interpersonal trust in the OECD was Norway at 60%, followed by Denmark and Sweden at 50%. Korean was 10% below the 22-country OECD average of 32.0%, putting it in 14th place.

Korea also had low trust in public agencies. In 2011 the level of trust in the National Assembly was 31%, and trust in the central government was 56.1%.

However, trust in educational agencies and large businesses stood at 70.9% and 69.0% respectively, considerably high levels.

Regarding law and order and respect for the law, 26.4% believe that others do not properly follow the law, while 2.9% report the same about themselves, showing that people generally believe that they respect the law but others do not.

Regarding public order, other than for properly handling memorial rites (58.0%), no category received 50% approval, from security (31.9%) to banning smoking in public places (30.6%), keeping streets clean (26.0%), and managing traffic (26.0%).