Most Date Crimes Occur During Breakups

      May 28, 2022 08:42

      Young Korean women are increasingly afraid of being assaulted by acquaintances and on a date.

      According to police, the number of reports of dating violence more than doubled from 9,364 cases in 2016 to 18,945 in 2020. Also, stalking reports surged 423 percent from 2,772 cases in 2018 to 14,509 cases in 2021, when it finally became illegal.

      Lee Soo-jung, a professor of forensic psychology at Kyonggi University said, "What women are really afraid of is not violence from unspecified people but from people they know well."

      During a police clampdown on dating violence in July and August 2020, a majority or 65.6 percent of the victims were women, but the number of men who were attacked was substantial, suggesting an increasingly toxic climate between the sexes.

      After stalking became illegal in Korea in October of last year, 81.3 percent of the perpetrators were men and 80.8 percent of the victims women.

      Most of the violence occurred in the process of breaking up. Korea Women's Hot Line analyzed murders of lovers last year that were reported in the media and found that 26.7 percent of them involved divorce, breakup or rejection of requests to get together again.

      Yoon Jung-sook at the Korea Institute of Criminology said, "Perpetrators of dating violence tend to want to exercise control over the other and get angry when they are asked to break up."

      And Kwak Dae-kyung at Dongguk University said, "A macho culture of boasting about the women men date often condones date violence and stalking. We need to foster a social atmosphere that respects a woman's right to decide."

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