This is absolutely disgusting and sickening, and it shows how men in a position of power and influence use and abuse it for their own sickening agendas. Many of which is about exploiting innocent women sexually. One must remember, rape is not about the sexual act, but it is about the man exerting his power and control, and I would say this case is one of these.
A prominent church pastor, 75 year old Lee Jae-rock, who is the founder of the Manmin Central Church has been sentenced to 15 years prison “for “habitually” raping female followers who said they were deceived into believing that he was God.” (via NY Times). The interesting part of all this is that Lee has been inundated with accusations of rape, fraud and extortion for decades, yet it was only recently that he was arrested for rape – most of this strongly encouraged by how much the #MeToo movement has caught on in S Korea. Here is more from NY Times:
Encouraged by the movement, eight former female followers sued Mr. Lee. Some of them told reporters that he had lured them to his apartment, ordered them to get naked “as Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden” and raped them. Mr. Lee was formally arrested in May.
In its ruling on Thursday, a three-judge panel at the Seoul Central District Court convicted Mr. Lee of raping the eight women dozens of times between 2000 and 2014.
“While attending his church from an early age, the victims were led to believe that the way to heaven lay in treating the accused like God and obeying him,” the presiding judge, Chung Moon-sung, said in the ruling. “He habitually raped and sexually violated them, abusing their inability to protest or resist his acts because of his absolute authority.”
The court said the pastor had victimized others besides the eight women who had come forward. Former members of the church have also said so.
Mr. Lee, who has denied all charges against him, stood in silence, his eyes closed, while the judge read the verdict. His followers, who packed the courtroom and spilled outside, let out a collective sigh when the sentence was announced, but Mr. Lee himself showed little emotion. During previous court appearances, he has claimed to be hard of hearing.
Mr. Lee’s church and his lawyers painted the eight women as disgruntled former members who “spread lies riding the bandwagon of the #MeToo movement” after being excommunicated for breaching church rules.
Since January, a series of women have come forward in South Korea with accusations of sexual abuse by male colleagues or supervisors. A number of prominent men, including politicians, theater directors, prosecutors, writers and professors, have since apologized for sexual misconduct and resigned from their positions, some of them ending up in court on criminal charges.
But Mr. Lee’s case has drawn particular interest because of his past notoriety.
Mainstream churches have called him a heretic, and his followers have sometimes lashed out violently to defend him. In 1999, they rampaged through MBC, a leading TV station, vandalizing broadcasting equipment and interrupting the airing of a program that investigated charges of sexual exploitation and other allegations against Mr. Lee.
He is getting what he deserves, though 15 years is not enough for the trauma and the abuse he has perpetrated. He is a disgusting man who has no regard for women, people, their dignity and the so called “holiness” which he calls “God”. I just wish him to rot in prison for what he has done, but considering he is 75 he will most likely die by the time or before his sentence is over.
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To read the original article, please click on: South Korean Church Leader Sentenced to Prison in #MeToo Case