Thursday, December 21, 2017

Military sex offenses in the spotlight in South Korea

The United States is far from alone when it comes to the challenge of preventing and punishing sexual abuse in the country's armed forces. The Korea Herald reports:
South Korea's human rights watchdog recommended Thursday that military law enforcement hand down tougher punishment for sex crimes involving commanding officers and their female subordinates, amid growing concern over a rise in sexual assault cases in the barracks.

The recommendation by the National Human Rights Commission to the Ministry of National Defense came based on its research into the military prosecution's handling of recent sexual assault cases regarding superiors and lower-level officers, the watchdog said. The survey began in May following the suicide of a Navy lieutenant who was raped by her commanding officer.

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