Ex-Governor's Rape Acquittal Greeted with Fury

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    August 20, 2018 12:35

    Thousands of women rallied in front of the Seoul History Museum on Saturday afternoon in protest against the acquittal of ex-South Chungcheong Province Governor An Hee-jung on rape charges. 

    Organizers said over 20,000 people gathered at protest, including members of over 350 civic groups. The demonstrators shouted, "An is guilty!" "The court is guilty, too!"

    The Seoul Western District Court last Tuesday cleared An of the lesser charge of coercing sex by abusing his authority over his secretary, Kim Ji-eun, who accused him of repeatedly raping and harassing her over the course of several months.

    The court ruled there was insufficient evidence to show that their relationship was anything other than consensual.

    Protesters march against the rape acquittal of ex-South Chungcheong Province Governor An Hee-jung in Seoul on Saturday.

    Kim's lawyer read out a letter from Kim at the protest that said, "Many times I have thought that if my death could prove the truth of my claims, then I should die right now. I definitely expressed my refusal as best I could. I couldn't run away because I feared I would be sacked and lose my job."

    The ruling said Kim was in a position to choose. "Why did the court never listen to what I said and only listened to the aggressor?" Kim added. "The only thing I can do is to desperately pray for judges who can make reasonable and sensible judgement at the next instance." 

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