More than 270,000 South Koreans have signed an online petition asking for the fair investigation of online and digital sexual violence cases, regardless of the perpetrators' gender, after a female suspect was arrested for secretly taking a photo of her male colleague while he was posing nude for university students, and then distributing it online without the victim's consent.
Those who signed the petition say that while the authorities' treatment of the case has been just and ideal, the way they have been dealing with female victims of digital and online sexual violence has been extremely different from the way male victims are treated.
"Women are also citizens of the Republic of Korea," the petition reads. "In a country where victims and perpetrators are being treated differently according to their genders, no one really is safe including men."
The 25-year-old female suspect, who is only identified by her last name Ahn, was photographed by reporters as she was leaving a police station after being questioned Saturday. She was eventually brought into custody later in the day.