Female Officer’s Suicide Raises Issue of Sexual Harassment in SKorean Military
Author: Steve Han
Posted: April 2nd, 2014
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A South Korean military investigation has determined that a female officer who committed suicide last October allegedly because of repeated sexual harassment died while on active duty. She will be buried at the Daejeon National Cemetery, where military personnel are laid to rest, according to the Korea JoongAng Daily.

The 28-year-old female officer, only identified by her last name Oh, was found dead Oct. 16, 2013, inside a car in a parking lot in Hwacheon. She reportedly killed herself by burning charcoal in the vehicle.

Oh’s diary, notes and suicide letter indicated that verbal and sexual harassment from a commanding officer took its toll on her after 10 months, during which she said she was groped and verbally abused, authorities said. She wrote in her suicide note that her superior, whose last name was Noh, demanded that she spends “one night with him.”

 

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SBS Pulls Plug On Dating Reality Show After Contestant’s Suicide
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Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: March 7th, 2014
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Amid fierce public criticism, South Korean broadcaster SBS announced it was canceling a reality dating show after one contestant recently took her own life.

The 29-year-old woman, surnamed Chun, apparently committed suicide the night before the last day of production of “Jjak” on the resort island of Jeju. Crew members found her in a locked bathroom with a hair dryer cord around her neck.

SBS, one of Korea’s three major networks, apologized to viewers in a statement and promised to take steps to prevent future incidents, according to AFP. Continue Reading »

Korean Reality Dating Show Contestant Found Dead in Apparent Suicide
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Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: March 5th, 2014
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A cast member of a South Korean blind-date reality show was found dead of what appears to be suicide on Wednesday as the show was being shot on Jeju Island, according to the Korea Times.

The 29-year-old office worker, surnamed Jeon, was found dead in a bathroom of her room at a bed-and-breakfast inn. The show’s crew reportedly forced their way into the locked bathroom after a fellow cast member became concerned.

Police found a note next to her body which stated, “I am very sorry to my mom and dad. I don’t want to live anymore because life is too tough.” Continue Reading »

K-Pop Star’s Father, Grandparents Found Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide
Author: Steve Han
Posted: January 7th, 2014
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The father and grandparents of K-pop boy band Super Junior leader Park Jeong-su, better known by his stage name Leeteuk, were found dead in a suspected murder-suicide, police said.

Park’s cousin, who lived with the star’s father and grandparents in Seoul, discovered the bodies in a bedroom on Monday morning, according to Seoul Sinmun. The bodies of Park’s grandparents were found in bed while the body of his father was found hanging from a rope.

SM Entertainment, which represents Super Junior, initially issued a statement that said Park’s father and grandparents had died in a car accident, but it was later revealed that they were found dead in their home. Suspicion stemming from SM Entertainment’s false report later led to the revelation that the three had actually died in a suspected murder-suicide, according to Sports Seoul. Continue Reading »

Korea’s Suicide Rate Drops For First Time in Years
Author: Steve Han
Posted: September 26th, 2013
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South Korea’s suicide rate dropped for the first time in six years, but the almost 12 percent decrease may have little to do with improved mental health services in the world’s most suicide-prone developed country.

Around 14,160 South Koreans took their lives in 2012, compared to 15,906 in 2011, according to data released by Statistics Korea on Wednesday. The suicide rate for South Korea per 100,000 people in 2012 was at 28.1, down 11.8 percent from the previous year.

The last time South Korea’s suicide rate fell in a calendar year was in 2006, but there has been a steady yearly increase up until last year. At one point, the suicide rate was as high as 20 percent of all deaths in 2009, near the height of the global economic downturn. Continue Reading »

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