Extra! Korea

August 26, 2010

Are sexual crimes 8 times higher than officially reported?

Filed under: crime, gender equality — extrakorea @ 8:40 am

According to a recent report by the Korean Institute of Criminology, the rate of sexual crimes* may be eight times higher than officially reported (Yonhap News, Chosun Ilbo, Korea Times).

According to official police statistics, the rate of sexual crimes* per 100,000 women in Korea is 58.3.
Hwang Ji-tae, a researcher at the Korean Institute of Criminology, surveyed 5,559 women and found that 26 has been the victim of sexual violence. This translated into 467.7 out of every 100,000 women, which is eight times higher than the rate according to official reports.

* The terms sexual crimes, sexual violence, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and/or rape were used in the articles cited. I chose the term sexual crimes as it was the broadest.


  1. I was planning to write something up about this, but for now I’ll just say that I really get aggravated by the way these terms get muddled and misused, particularly in English, but also in Korean. When an actual sexual assault or child molestation gets mislabeled as “sexual harassment,” then that mucks up the whole story.

    Comment by kushibo — August 26, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

  2. I agree with what kushibo said.

    Comment by Jiang Fen — August 31, 2010 @ 6:57 am

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