English donga | Japanese donga | Chinese donga [ GB | Big5 ] | Korean donga
Hate Practice
Drinking and sexual harassment
SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 06:32  
Probably it was liquor drinking that drove former presidential office spokesman Yoon Chang-jung to sexually harass a female intern of the Korean Embassy to the U.S. During President Park Geun-hye뭩 first visit to the U.S. then-spokesman Yoon should have been sober and alert more than anyone else accompanied. However, Yoon drank liquor with the intern and tainted reputation of Korea through a 몊ex scandal. Yoon himself knows whether he made a mistake under influence of alcohol, or he enjoyed sexual harassment and drinking alcohol at the same time.

Korean culture is quite generous to drinking. In the past, a perpetrator뭩 excuse that 밒 lost my mind after drinking alcohol worked efficiently to get him out of strong punishment. According to the Supreme Court Sentencing Committee, the average penalty for rape and bodily injury was 31 months when the perpetrator was sober. However, the average was reduced to 26 months, if the perpetrator was 멶runk. That means, if crime is committed under influence of alcohol, the court mitigated the punishment for the reason of 멹eeble mindedness based on the criminal law. The more punishments are mitigated by 멷xtenuating circumstances, the more perpetrators would argue that their crime was an 멲ccident by alcohol.

U.S. applies strict punishment against sexual assault and harassment. There is no tolerance to sexual assault, which is forced against the other party뭩 will. In Oregon and other 7 states, state laws allow chemical castration of sex offenders. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a railways cargo company should compensate a female staff with 43 thousand USD for relocating her when she stood against sexual harassment at work. In 1992, New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled that sexual contact not permitted by a victim consists of sexual assault, even without any physical violence or threat. In China, sex offenders are put to capital punishment in some cases. Even in Europe, where people commonly live together before marriage, there is no tolerance to sexual violence.

Recently, a series of cases are reported in which prominent male figures are humiliated for being caught in sexual harassment while drinking alcohol. Law school professor of Seoul National University, a newly appointed judge, a Navy captain of Pyeongtaek fleet 2, and another university professor who sexually harassed a female student at a karaoke and a bar Sexual harassment is reported frequently. 밫hat was a mistake due to alcohol뀛 Such lame excuses do not take effect any longer. The perpetrator who enjoyed a superior position at the bar may have been drunk, but that left painful memory to the victim.

Korea-China FTA must be supplemented by opening up China뭩 service sector
The National Assembly of Korea passed the ratification...
Lighteless `Merry Christmas`
U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, known as a...
Copyright 2008 donga.com. All rights reserved.
Contact newsroom@donga.com for more information.