The Defendant in the case was convicted by a Korean District and High Court for rape and was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in jail.
Facts Found by the Court
The Supreme Court found, among other things, the following facts:
- Defendant was the ex-boyfriend of the Accuser;
- The Accuser had a boyfriend;
- The Accuser was drunk and the Defendant may have been drunk at the night of the alleged rape;
- The Accuser and the Defendant met each other "spontaneously" and drank together;
- The Accuser and the Defendant went back to a motel room together;
- The Accuser and the Defendant had sex;
- The Accuser screamed that "this is rape" and the Defendant stopped having sex with the Accuser;
- The Defendant noted that he would take the Accuser to her home, but she demanded to be taken to her boyfriend's home; and
- After the alleged rape the Accuser and the Defendant exchanged texts on numerous occasions and the Accuser never mentioned rape.
One of the most prevalent reason for a false accusation of rape is embarrassment. Was the Accuser embarrassed by her actions when she was confronted by her present boyfriend? Did this lead her to telling her boyfriend she was raped, thus, leading to him pushing her to report the lie? It seems the Court was considering this, potential, reality.
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Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty. Sean is ranked, for Korea, as one of only two non-Korean lawyers as a Top Attorney by AsiaLaw. Sean's profile may be found at: Sean C. Hayes