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Friday, July 27, 2018
Home invsasion via videos by strangers in South Korea: what can be done?
I’m a twenty-something S Korean woman. I live alone in a studio apartment in Seoul, with a big window that faces a 10-lane road. Two nights ago, after 1am, a policeman knocked on my door. He said he came to see if I’m the victim.
In a video shot with a professional camera, was a naked woman with a hairstyle similar to mine in a room like mine. It was shot late at night from afar, but both the policeman and I could immediately tell that it was me.
The perpetrator was filming from a rooftop of a six-story building past midnight. I live on the 22nd floor. The building is over 300m away from mine. It seems like someone spotted him outside and called the police.
I just went to the police. Yesterday morning (less than 12 hours after the perpetrator was caught) I called the police, only to find out that the perpetrator had been released (I’m not sure if he had been detained at all). I don’t know anything about the perpetrator.
Above all, the perpetrator knows what I look like and exactly where I live. I felt unsafe, I told the police over the phone. “So what do you want us to do?” said the policeman who works in a department for women & adolescent cases.
After the call, I complained to the complaints department. After an apology, they repeatedly said I could ask for a “smart watch” with which I can press a button to call the police. I said I don’t even know what the perpetrator looks like and that would be of no help whatsoever.
Someone told me it’s an apparent “trend” to film women in their homes. S Korean women are subject to illegal filming not only in public places but also in their most private space. This is horrendous, to say the least.
I was too scared to be alone at home, nor be in that neighborhood. I packed some clothes and moved out to a friend’s place for now. Waiting for a cab, even when it was broad daylight, I was frightened. Everyone who passed by seemed like the perpetrator.
Tbh been there, i was raped once, on the middle of the street, the answer i got was "what were you doing so late at night in the street?" Well, i was walking from work, going to a friend's house. That's It. And somehow, the blame was on me. I get you, hope ur ok now
This is too true. I was abused and went to the police for a restraining order but the officer in charge told me it was a waste of time and wouldn't do any good. I was so used to not pressing issues that me and my sister just walked out. I didn't know what to do.
Later, he came in through the window and I couldn't escape. After what happened that time, I finally got an Emergency Protective Order but it shouldn't have been necessary. We need more people to take these types of actions seriously!
Yes, that's why it's better to go out in pairs and if possible bring pepper spray or mace. Doesn't hurt to bring a large dog as well! There are even apps to use that makes things safer if none of those are options for you. Staying alert is so important.
I hate how much work we have to do as women just to live. That we must get gun training, self defence, buy pepper spray, have another person to walk with, buy dogs, dress in layers so we can't be undressed, fucked hell. It's too much. We just want to have peace of mind like men.
That is home invasion, even if the criminal never sets foot in your house. It should be treated as a home invasion would be. But of course nothing was monetary value was stolen other than your mental health and trust in humans so it concerns officers very little.
Oh honey, things like this and stalking (which is is and I won't hear otherwise) is treated with indifference in the great, virtuous and civilized West too. Women are treated poorly no matter where they live. All corners of the globe hear you, loud and clear.