Posted by Germaine-Jay Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Former idol who allegedly sexually assaulted fellow member given official sentence


A former idol who allegedly sexually assaulted his fellow group member has been given an official sentence.

According to reports on May 30, male idol 'Aformerly of a 6-member group has been officially sentenced for sexually assaulting and sexually harassing a fellow member. The 25-year-old idol stood trial at the Seoul Central District Court and was given a suspended sentence of 2 and a half years and 3 years of prison. He was also ordered to complete an 80-hour sexual violence treatment program.

'A' was previously charged for touching a fellow group member from 2017-2021 in their dorms as well as practice rooms. He's since quit group activities. Though 'A' admitted to the charges of sexual harassment, he denied the charges of assault similar to rape. 

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amoy052,137 pts Tuesday, May 30, 2023 0
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

I feel really bad for the victim. Hope he gets the trauma treatment, supports and getting better soon.

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trogdorthe8th15,121 pts Tuesday, May 30, 2023 0
Tuesday, May 30, 2023

What still horrifies me about this case is the technicalities which not only facilitated this abuse, but also allowed it to continue for as long as it did. Under the current judicial system in Korea, these entertainment companies do not fall under specific categories (such as an education program or facility) in which they are required to report these types of abuses to authorities. So even if someone at the company did know what was going on, they didn't have a legal obligation to say anything. Furthermore, the reason the victim was unable to come forward sooner was due to both the scrutiny of the industry as well as the harsh clauses in idols contracts. They feared for their future as an idol and also the repercussions if speaking out violated the terms of their contract. This is exactly why I support having more laws and regulations on underaged idols debuting. The K-pop industry as it is has practically been formatted as a playground for predators due to the lack of regulations as well as the stifling stipulations placed in idols' contracts. Victims are trapped in a no-win situation- either stop your abuse but face the possible end of your career, or bear your assault and hope that you find success.

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