Shish under the name of ‘family’… Victims of kinship violence isolated

A (18), who reported through a petition to the Blue House about her older brother’s sexual violence since childhood, is still living with her brother, who is the perpetrator, and her family.

According to Yonhap News on the 15th, after reporting the damage to the police in June 2019, Mr. A stayed in a short-term shelter operated by the private sector until the beginning of next month. It is said that this place was only available for one week a month as a temporary shelter.

The police, who investigated the case, recommended a long-term shelter to Mr. A, but he was not admitted according to Mr. A’s wishes.

Person A told Yonhap News Agency, “It is true that it was out of my will,” and “In the long-term care facility, I was cut off from the world (along with my worries), or the work I was doing at the time had to be greatly disrupted.” A, who was often hospitalized, had to return home at the persuasion of his parents every time he was discharged.

Lawyer Lee Eun-eui, who has defended multiple victims of sexual violence, explained, “Since minors and adolescents have voluntary will, even if the parents exercising custody and custody are in an inappropriate situation, the state cannot forcibly keep the victims like a prison camp.” did.

It is said that the restraining order against the perpetrator was issued in early March of this year. However, it is known that this is not effective at the moment when A is at home as it is a measure to prevent her older brother from approaching the shelter on the premise of entering the shelter.

Even though he was with his family, Mr. A said that he was rather isolated. This is because, despite years of sexual assault cases being brought to trial, the damage was not recognized by the family. Experts explain that this is characteristic of kinship sexual violence.

According to the counseling report published last year by the Korea Sexual Violence Counseling Center, 87 cases (9.5%) of sexual violence among the 912 cases in 2019 were sexual violence against relatives. The period of greatest damage was for children aged 7 to 13 (33.3%).

In a survey of the time it took to visit a counseling center after being sexually assaulted by a relative, only 24.1% said ‘less than 1 year’ and 55.2% said ’10 years or more’.

The counseling center said, “It is difficult to talk to the family at the time of the victim, and there are many cases where they do not receive support.” It makes it impossible to respond quickly.”

In the case of the case reported by Mr. A in February of this year, the police did not prove the charges of forced molestation based on the statement that the father and the brother and sister who were at home at the time said, ‘The brothers and sisters were playing pranks’ in the absence of clear evidence judged that it did not Mr. A also said that he had heard stories from his parents saying, ‘Treat your brother with kindness’ and ‘Hug him’.

Lawyer Lee explained, “It is very common for the victim’s voice to be buried, especially in cases of sexual assault by his older brother. At this time, victims often feel ‘ambivalence’ towards their parents who cannot protect them.”

A public defender representing Mr. A also explained, “If you look at the national petition, it means that I have suffered damage, but my parents, who should support me the most, are not doing this.”

On the other hand, some point out that the state should have taken a closer look to see if there was any additional damage to Mr. A during the investigation after the report.

However, lawyer Lee explained that there are practical difficulties, saying, “There is a limit to actively monitoring the investigation agency, so it is usually entrusted to a publicly appointed lawyer.”

He said, “There are diligent investigators, but it is also problematic to hand over this issue to an investigator who has a lot of cases to deal with. We must actively operate a system of officers who check for additional damage at all times.

Lawyer Lee said, “Education and support for victims should not be left only to activists from private organizations, but a system in which investigators or psychological counselors who can provide psychological treatment professionally participate in a system is needed. I will be able to give you realistic advice considering the

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