Park Yoochun: Crimes and Courses to be LearnedWritten by skill of Gaya On July 20, 2016
JYJ member Yoochun, formerly of DBSK, is type ofmidway through into his two year obligatoryarmy service, running equally a public carrier officeholder in Seoul. Over the last weeks, however, he has turn intothe topic of surprising rape allegations. Whilsthe's to be acquitted of all 4 sexual attackfeesopposed to him by the Seoul Gangnam Police Department, because of a loss of evidence, last week police announced that Yoochun would be charged with soliciting prostitution and committing fraud.
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The sheer quantityof data in the media has made it the entiretougher to resolve the timeline of events. Detailed accounts will also bediscovered elsewhere, adding in our Week in Review posts, but to summarise briefly: four ladies filed proceedings amongst police, accusing Yoochun of sexually assaulting them. A 5thlady toogot hereahead with a claim of attempted rape, yet spoke with Dispatch in position of going to police.
The first woman, often known as A, claimed to had been attacked on June four 2016 (all times are in KST), in a relaxation room of the exclusive bar (which has been referred to as a tenpro) at which she worked. As reported boyfriend (who is suspected of in truth being her manager, or pimp) went to the police on June 10. Media reports at the eventstarted to spread, beginning with JTBCs news tale on June 13, which also ended in a doxxing crusade from a collection of Yoochun enthusiasts however, they wrongly known the person, and harassed an unrelated woman instead.
A dropped the lawsuit on June 15, mentioning that she had now not been coerced into sex, but had felt disrespected by Yoochun all through their encounter. Regardless of the fee being dropped, however, the investigation continued, as such crimes are still matter to punishment without a claimant.
The 2nd femalewas once reportedly attacked in a bar toilet on December 17 2015, and filed rates on June 16 2016. She had advisedgovernmentinside of hours of the attack, as shown by telephone transcripts in the video above; however, she determinednot to to continue with an investigation at the time, bringing upworry over going against a public figure. In line with this second charge against Yoochun, police install a committed 12-member taskforce to extra investigate these claims, while JYJs DC Gallery announced that they would no longer be supporting Yoochun.
A woman who became incorrectly recognized as one of the most claimants has also pressed charges with Dongdaemun Police Branch in eastern Seoul.
The third and fourth women to report charges did so on June 17 2016. The 3rd woman claimed that she was attacked in a toilet at Yoochuns place of dwelling in June 2014. The 2didn't know each and every other earlier than the evening of the incident. The fourth woman to come forward also claimed to have been raped in a bar loo in December 2015, very equivalent to the moment claim, although confusion over the explicit date gave upward thrust to doubt over the legitimacy of the claim.
C-JeS Entertainment, Yoochuns agency, proclaimed his innocence and counter-sued the four accusers of blackmail. Yoochun gave a public apology before filing to police questioning; his DNA was also matched to that found on the lingerie of A, who had submitted it as evidence. While it was showed that sexual task did take place, though, it might not be proven if force was used. Here is because in Korean law states that force or intimidation will have to exist used to the level that the victim is incapable of resisting for it to be thought to be as rape.
In the meantime, the truth that most of thesesituationsconcernedtoilets has caused (often wry) observations about Yoochuns obsession with toilets. Primefacultyscholars who made jokes in terms of this truth accept been threatened with criminal action by Yoochuns camp.
There have also been interviews detailing a intended modus operandi, in which Yoochun would say that the tune in the venue was too loud, and take the lady to a lavatory for a quieter place to talk, before allegedly attacking. His pals were also acknowledgedto enclosethe toilet entrance, developing an intimidating ambiance for the woman. Yoochuns beyond behaviours, including crude drawings of a feminine coordi and hitting sasaengs, have also been brought back into the spotlight, as has C-JeSs alleged mobster ties.
On the opposite hand, there were claims that this will indeed be an try at blackmail by sure parties, with one or more of the ladies either being willing co-conspirators, or just following orders from higher-ups. Inconsistencies relating to dates, confusion over the occasions that led to A dropping her case, and outdated attempts to blackmail Yoochun have been cited in reinforce of this argument.
There may be discussion of this whole matter being publicised in the click to serve as a distraction from the present investigation into the Lotte Group conglomerate, which has noticedthe corporate founders daughter arrested on charges of embezzlement and accepting bribes.
The media frenzy has led to other male celebrities names being brought up as well. Song Joong-ki was in short believed to have visited the similarroughly bars as Yoochun, although that was rapidly quashed by Dispatch. Other male entertainers have been accused of sexual assault and/or harassment as well, like Seo Tai-ji and the Boys member Lee Ju-no, actor Lee Jin-wook, and singer Kai (not the Exo member). Even Lee Min-kis firmmade a decision that now was the time to let all and sundry know that the actor had been accused of sexual assault, and acquitted, back in February.
Ultimately, police announced on July 11 2016 that Yoochun would be acquitted of the sexual assault charges against him. It has since been reported that during the 0.33 and fourth cases, there has been not ample bear witness to fee Yoochun; with the second case, the claim is expounded to have been shown false. This is a shocking development, but no further guide explaining this conclusion has been released, at time of publication.
With the first case involving A, police have said that Yoochun had promised cash in substitute for sex, which he then failed to give as such, he will now be charged with soliciting prostitution, and committing fraud. A, in turn, has been charged with prostitution. It isn't yet known if any personassociated with A has also been booked on prostitution-related charges.
Then there are the claims of blackmail police will be investigating Yoochuns counter-suit that A blackmailed him, stating that an amount of cash (rumoured to be one hundred million won) was passed from Yoochuns aspect to As. The long-established sexual assault claim from the second woman will also most likely be followed up on as a false accusation crime.
It will be some timetill some sort ofsolution is reached, because of this that there'll be even more media reports to sift via in the arriving days and weeks. And while shops have calmed down considerably, it can not be denied that this story has grew to become into an hard media circus. A sample that has change into very transparent in this example is of initial reports on updates being spread, then flagged as false by police statements, before a next police commentary says more or less what was already reported.
I dont know why police and the media are so decided to be out of sync with one another, and I dont know who is at blame. Is there a leak from in the PD? Are media outlets jumping the gun in an try to become a jump on the competition? Or is it our insatiable thirst for fastfactsthis isusing this dreadful cycle? Perhaps its all the above. Regardless of the cause, this consistentfrom facet to side on facts doesn'tlend a hand anyone.
Then there is the more severe matter of the regulations surrounding rape: there are the ones who may believe what came about between Yoochun and A as rape, since he had sex with her below faux pretenses this would mean that A wouldn'thave the facility to giving informed consent. But this doesn't pass the threshold that has been set by present Korean law.
In a fresh case, a KATUSA soldier confessed to raping a US officer, having sex with her against her will; but he was governedblameless as, in step with the law, there was no force on his phase or resistance on hers. With the third and fourth cases, not assembly this threshold can have also been why police were not ableto move forward with prosecuting Yoochun. At that point, its a he-said-she-said scenariowithout agenuine conclusion.
This lack of conclusion that mayget up is why it's miles paramount that we all completelyrealize and act in obtaining informed, sober, ongoing, and enthusiastic consent when we have interaction in sexual intercoursejust ask, and if you dont get a Yes! then dont do it. Maybe this is what our rape legislationmust be asking for: evidence of consent, and its context, instead of that of resistance. And although its not anythingwe will be ready to ask of our legal system, we should always nonetheless ask it of ourselves, and our sexual partners after all, the maximum productive way to save you rape is to not rape.
As for Yoochun, without reference tothe results of the charges against him, it type of feels that he could silent have a place in showbiz. I to get started withconcept that reports of him frequenting certain bars while enlisted as a public servant would spell doom for his career. But after seeing how other celebrities like Se7en (who was stuck on camera leaving a rub down parlour while serving) and MC the Maxs Lee Soo (who reportedly paid a minor for sex, also while serving) have been capable of continue to get work, I may additionallyfinally finish updining my words.
Netizens will handle their rage, and PDs allegedly say that he can also never be able topaintings in dramas again; but with a choice of dedicated fans still by his side, I have a feeling that Yoochuns will still have a profession in entertainment.
Whatever occurs to Yoochun, though, my main takeaway is the significance of affirmative sexual consent, and the desire for regulation that as it would be and well addresses sexual assault in our own countries, and aid others doing an identical in their countries, including South Korea.
Readers, what are your mind on consent, and your countrys sexual assault laws?
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