Date Rapist Often Repeat Offenders

      May 27, 2016 08:17

      Date rape is proving a serious problem as more cases are reported amid exposure of the issue in the national and international media.

      The National Police Agency in a crackdown from February to April arrested 2,627 offenders, it said last week. Police in Korea often tackle one particular hot potato for a certain period in an effort to publicize the issue and deter others.

      Of those arrested, 183 were imprisoned and 2,444 booked without detention. The figure would seem to point to an average of 30 cases of date violence every day, though there are no data on convictions or on how many attempted assaults or rapes went unreported.

      Sexual assault accounted for a majority of the complaints with 1,876, followed by confinement and threats with 393 people and rape with 120. The number of reported cases rose 44 percent from 1,820 people during the same period of last year.

      In 16 cases the victim died.

      Police estimates that a total of 36,000 cases of date violence occurred over the past five years. The vast majority of victims were female with 82.4 percent, 4.5 percent were male, and in the rest of the cases the violence was apparently mutual.

      The majority of assailants or 58.2 percent were in their 20s and 30s. Some 59.3 percent were repeat offenders, 13.5 percent with more than nine previous convictions.

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