The suicide of a victim of sexual assault by a non-commissioned officer caused shock, and President Moon Jae-in promised to reform the institution.
The emotions triggered by the suicide of a victim of sexual assault by a non-commissioned officer in South Korea prompted the government to initiate reform of the agency, and the issue of opening military service to women emerged at this time.President Moon Jae-in used Sunday, June 6 to commemorate the army’s anniversary and recalled “Patriotism also includes protecting those who are committed to defending the country”. He apologized “For the retrograde culture in the barracks” This resulted in the soldier’s death on May 22. Moon Jae-in promised to carry out reforms, and its outline will be announced in August.
At the same time, the investigation into M’s suicide continues.I Lee (only his surname was revealed), an air sergeant assigned to 20electronic An Air Force fighter squadron located in Seishan on the west coast of the country. The young woman was attacked by a colleague after dinner on March 3. The next day, her boss did everything possible to dissuade her from complaining.The host of the dinner even persuaded her to shut up, tried to make her feel guilty, and told her to the people present “May be affected”.
MeterI Lee asked for a transfer, but heelectronic The special mission squadron located in the southern part of Seoul will only make the situation worse. The bullying started again, until he committed suicide. “The tragedy stems from the increase in sexual harassment, especially those who try to persuade the victim and the suspect to find common ground”Said his lawyer, Kim Jong-hwan. “When the suspect learns that the victim is unable to file a complaint, the attack multiplies.” In addition to the drama of the young woman, the Air Force’s report to the Department of Defense determined her death as “Simple accidental death”.
These revelations triggered a strong reaction in a country sensitive to the #metoo movement. A petition launched on the website of the Presidential Palace on May 31 called for exposure of the tragedy and collected 357,009 signatures on June 8. The perpetrator was arrested on June 2, and General Li Chengyong, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, resigned on June 4. The hotline collects testimony in harassment cases. “We are worried about MI Li is just the tip of the iceberg”, Worry about the Ministry.
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