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[CARD NEWS: Opinion] Victims of on-campus sexual assault are told to keep quiet.

At Korean universities, victims of sexual assault are often told to keep their silence.

Feb 24,2017
Victims of on-campus sexual assault are told to keep quiet.

1) At an orientation for a university located in Seoul, female freshmen were called together by senior students. The newbies were told to sit facing the wall.

2) After a while, a male and a female student came into the room. What the freshmen heard afterwards was the female senior’s scream, as if she was resisting forceful sexual conduct.

3) ‘They spread a substance that looked like semen.’
Semen-like fluid fell on the arms of the freshmen, but the terrified students felt like they couldn’t do anything.

4) What did the older students say after it was over?
“Hey, it was a prank! We’ve been doing it for the last two years.”
“That was a mixture of mayonnaise and white egg.”

5) Controversial university customs for newly enrolled freshmen, such as forced drinking, harsh discipline, and sexual harassment, are repeated every year under the excuse of academic tradition.

6) “Sexual harassment at freshmen orientations stir up society. Public opinion does not calm down despite the student council’s apology”
“Drinking from mouth to mouth? Scandalous affairs at orientation repeated.’
“University orientation embroiled due sexual harassment controversy”
Last year, college students were charged with sexual harassment at a freshmen orientation by the prosecution.

7) While the harsh treatment of freshmen surfaces as a contentious topic every year and sexual molestation happens as well from time to time, the disgraceful news continues, however, with no signs of improvement.

8) This year, a male sophomore student sexually assaulted his female colleague while they both were preparing for the freshmen welcome party.

9) “The penalty would be either sexual education or volunteering, at most.”
What the assailant and the school official gave to the victim was a document pledging secrecy, not a sincere apology, according to the report from the Hankook Ilbo newspaper.

10) “You might have to bear secondary damage. Do you feel you must post about the incident? A student who uploaded such a post last year eventually voluntarily dropped out of school.”
The student president also required the victim to keep the incident private.

11) Eventually, their misconduct was disclosed, as the victim’s sister uploaded an account of her sister’s ordeal on a social network site.

12) The school and the student president prioritized their image, only pretending to care about the victim.

13) Secondary damage, what the student president mentioned, was caused by his and the school’s actions.

14) The sexual assault victims are treated as mere incidents to handle, not human beings to be taken care of.

15) “I know you will live well. Despite the fact that you’re a sex criminal, you will live well.”
“You will live well at a place where your conduct is tolerated just because you’re a guy.”
“You will live well, because you were drunk, you are a guy, you’re a Korea University student, and senior students and the professor would willingly write petitions for you.”
- Words from a hand-written poster at Korea University, last October

16) In this world, it is not hidden even though they hid.
It is not forgotten even though they concealed.
It is not over even though they were oppressed.

17) How ridiculous the colleges are, trying to cover up incidents that will always come out.
It is deplorable that such institutions are the highest educational establishments in the nation.


Directed by Lee Jeong-bong
Constructed by Kim Min-pyo
Designed by Seo Ye-ri
Translated by Son Min-young
Edited by James Constant



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