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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.
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.
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