The Seoul Yongsan Police Station stated on June 4, “All we have are statements from the female accusers who claim that they are victims of sexual assault. There is no objective evidence that validates these statements” and “There are no diagnostic reports of physical damage or records of psychological treatment. So we decided to put down the charges for sexual assault.”
Investigations were completed on May 29, and the police decided not to place Go Young Wook in physical detention.
I’d like to be able to give the benefit of the doubt to the police, but who knows?
Is physical evidence really the standard for going to trial in a case with three separate accusers? He already admitted to sexual intercourse with one accuser, which would seem to qualify as physical in nature. Besides, a lot of sexual assault cases will never have much, if any, physical evidence, but they usually don’t have multiple accusers stepping forward either.
If evidence like vaginal tearing and external wounds were the base requirement for a trial, the only way anybody would ever go to trial for rape is if it involved overt violence, the victim reported it immediately after, and the authorities did their jobs. Hell, it’s not even “evidence” they need, it’s “damage” they want to see.
Just seems a bit lax for such a serious offense, I guess.