On March 21st HanCinema obtained Yoon Ji-oh's as of yet unpublished official English language statement. Yoon Ji-oh fled to Canada five years ago out of fear for her safety in South Korea. The statement is written in her hand and transcribed without correction here.
For the last ten years, my experiences were only a small fraction of the entire entertainment world in Korea. I am afraid and concened of sharing my experience because it could affect public perception of the KPOP and Korean entertainers.
Therefore, all of citizens of Korea have the right to know about the truth behind of my 15 testimonials.
I am grateful and empowered that my testimonials has caught the attention of people all around the world. It is not my intention to deliver sadness to public by sharing my experience.
The truth must be revealed and identified.
I am trying to be vocal as loud as possible, hoping that the one who is guilty of crime to experience shame.
Unfortunately, the more I try to raise my voice out loud, it increasingly made myself more difficult to have normal safe life in Korea. That is the reason that I've moved to Canada.
Through countless counseling sessions and psychotherapies in Canada, I finally have become healthy again, both mentally and physically.
What I've noticed in Canada, is that the victims or witnesses are well protected and respected in most cases. The act of revealing the identity of suspects in testimonials are taken very seriously by the justice system itself, and society in general.
After realizing differences between Korea and Canada, I had to do something. I've decided to make my knowledge more public in Korea.
Part of the reason is that I still have a hope in Korea to change. I hope the people in my situation could feel safe, secure, and be respected, for their integrity and bravery.
After the testimonials, I have been victimized of various risks and threats, even after relocating myself to Canada. However, I believe that it is my responsibility to endure the hardships, becaus it is my own choice.
I would appreciate your support and attention for stronger Korea.
Article by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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