Woman charged with rape for first time in South Korea

Woman charged with rape for first time in South Korea

SEOUL - 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 an offence in South Korean history.

Up until June 2013, Korean law did not acknowledge women as rapists, which meant it was not possible for male victims to file complaints to the police.

This is also the first time a woman was arrested for sexually abusing a man.

According to the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in Seoul, the woman, who is only identified with her surname Jeon, was charged with attempting to rape her boyfriend after drugging him at her place last year. He was married to another woman at that time.

Jeon faces another charge of attacking her boyfriend with a blunt instrument when he tried to escape after waking up.

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