1st Victims of Relative Sexual Violence Survival Memorial Festival held
“Indict the family, the state responds”
Demand to abolish the statute of limitations, the bill is pending
Provided by the 1st Victims of Relative Sexual Violence Survival Festival Planning Team
A ‘historical’ event will be held in front of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Gwanghwamun, Seoul at noon on the 27th. Dozens of survivors of kin violence will gather in the middle of Seoul to hold the 1st Victims of Relative Violence Survival Festival. The name of the festival is ‘The dead are back!’. The name was inspired by the Mexican festival ‘Day of the Dead’, which is well-known as a movie, and it contains the meaning that “we, who lived a life like death under the ideology of a normal family, got up on our own.” The Korean Sexual Violence Counseling Center, a public organization for the abolition of the statute of limitations for sexual violence against kin, and Maemato (short for the last Saturday of every month) one-man demonstration were planned and prepared together. This festival was prepared to put a definite end to a time that was silent like the “dead.” Dandan (activist name), an activist with the public organization who first proposed this festival, said, “It is a place where we openly and collectively reveal our existence, who met in the safe space of the ‘Small Talk’ meeting at the Korea Sexual Violence Counseling Center two years ago.” It is true that we have suffered and suffered violence, but it is unreasonable to define us by that alone. We proposed a festival-like event to show that we are also capable and powerful people who live our lives.” They broke their silence about two years ago. The year after the #MeToo movement In June 2019, Blue Butterfly (activation name), a survivor of kinship violence, filed a petition to the Blue House. In November of the same year, he appeared on (SBS) ‘I Want to Know’ and testified of the damage. But the media was not ready to listen to them. The responsibility of the ‘state’ for creating and neglecting kin violence on the air was not clearly seen, and only the damage was highlighted and consumed. Dandan said, “I held a protest rally in front of the SBS office building and went to a shopping mall in Yeouido to perform. “I wanted to show the violence within the family in a shopping mall, a place frequented by families, and that was my first action.” From March of this year, on the last Saturday of every month, at noon in front of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Gwanghwamun, a relay one-man protest demanding the abolition of the statute of limitations on kinship sexual violence was held, and the process was made into a video and uploaded to the YouTube channel ‘Seongpidangdang’. The video was made directly so that the sexual violence against kinship is not distorted and transmitted due to the bias of the media. In September, he also published a book called (The Jar of Writings), a compilation of the memoirs of 11 survivors. Festivals were also born as an extension of this talk.
Masks to be used by participants at the 1st Victims of Relative Violence Survival Festival to be held on the 27th. Provided by the public corps
As it is a ‘festival’, there is also a dress code. A black dress, flowers, and a mask. Kim Young-seo, an activist of the public organization who participated in the planning stage of this event, said, “In order to realize the duality of a survivor living with both the dead and the living, Calavera Katrina (skull adorned with flowers, etc.) symbolizing the ‘Day of the Dead’ ) as a motif.” At the festival, the survivors will protest against the silent state on the issue of kin violence and demand the abolition of the statute of limitations. Kim Hye-jeong, director of the Korea Sexual Violence Counseling Center, said, “Until now, the state has turned the family into a de facto extraterritorial zone instead of handing over the obligations of the state, such as care and livelihood, to the family. Violence is not seen in the family, and the law does not work.” He pointed to the abolition of the statute of limitations as the minimum action the state should take. Currently, the statute of limitations for accusations of kinship violence is 10 years (20 years if there is scientific evidence such as DNA). However, as a special provision, if the victim is a minor, the statute of limitations applies from the time the victim has reached the age of majority, and if the victim is under 13, there is no statute of limitations. Considering the fact that it took more than 10 years for 55.2% of survivors of kin violence to report their damage to counseling centers (Korea Sexual Violence Counseling Center 2019), this is by no means sufficient time to ask for guilt. As it is a crime against humanity caused by the neglect of the family by the state, some argue that the state should not place restrictions on the right to punish in relation to sexual violence. A bill to abolish the statute of limitations for all sexual offenses against relatives has been proposed in the National Assembly, but it is pending in the Legislative Judiciary Committee. Last year, police counted 776 cases of sexual assault by relatives. The number of complaints received by the women’s emergency phone number 1366 is 2,106, nearly three times that. Even now, two to six cases of sexual violence within the family are occurring every day. By Choi Yoon-ah, staff reporter [email protected]