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Woman charged with rape for first time in Korea

By (공용)코리아헤럴드
  • Published : Apr 3, 2015 - 14:14
  • Updated : Apr 3, 2015 - 14:17

(Yonhap)

A woman in her 40s has been indicted on charges of attempting to rape a man after drugging him, becoming the first woman to be charged for such offenses in Korean history.

Up until June 2013, Korean law did not acknowledge women as rapists and therefore it was impossible for male victims to file complaints to police.

This is the first time a woman has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a man.

According to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office in Seoul, the woman, who is only identified with her surname Jeon, has been charged of attempting to rape her boyfriend, who had been married to another woman at the time, after drugging him at her place last year.

She is also charged of attacking him with a blunt instrument as the man tried to escape her place after he woke up from sleep. 

By Claire Lee (dyc@heraldcorp.com)