On June 19, 2016, a young woman went to Northwestern Memorial hospital in Chicago for a rape kit, and ten days later filed a report against the Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang for sexually assaulting her and he is presently being investigated. The statistics for sexual assault are shocking, and very few of the perpetrators will end up in prison.
According to a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, Anthony Guglielmi, Kang and the Pirates were in town for part of their series against the Chicago Cubs. At around 10:00 p.m. (CST) on the night in question the 23-year-old young woman visited Kang in his hotel room where the alleged sexual assault took place. Alcohol was involved, and after one drink, she said she was unconscious almost 20 minutes later. She reported that she was in and out of consciousness while Kang was sexually assaulting her. The woman did not become fully conscious until she was in a cab on her way back home. It is common practice not to identify alleged victims of a sex crime, therefore, the victim does not become identified by police.
At present, Kang has not been charged with the crime. However, the investigation is still proceeding, and he is not ruled out as a suspect. The Pirates released a statement soon after the news broke about the allegation against Kang:
We have been made aware of the allegations that have been made against Jung Ho Kang. We take allegations of this matter extremely seriously. Pursuant with the MLB/MLBPA policy on such matters, this matter is exclusively before the Commissioner’s office at this time. We have and will continue to cooperate with the Commissioner’s office. As a result of the ongoing police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time. We have also advised our staff, and our players that they should not comment either. We all need to be respectful of the police investigation of a very serious matter.
The Pirates infielder Kang is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault crime on a young woman. Statistically, this is a crime that is more of an epidemic in the U.S.; this case is one of too many, every eight minutes a child is sexually assaulted, and an adult is sexually assaulted every two minutes. From 1993 to 2014, the number of cases has dropped almost 75 percent, but the number of sexual crimes is still way too high. For every 1,000 people, 1.1 persons are victims of sexual assault or rape. In 1993, out of 1,000 people, 4.3 people were victims of sex crimes. Men are as likely to be a victim of a sexual crime as women and children. One in 33 men has been a victim of rape or attempted rape. The number of attempted rapes, and completed rapes for women is much higher, at a rate of one out of six women being victims of sex crimes.
Almost 35 percent of rape, or sexual assault victims are age 11 or younger. The number of teenage victims under 18 is almost doubled. In 1998, 10 percent of victims were men. Most sexual crimes happen either close to, or in the home of the victim when the person is busy with a particular task or sleeping. Less than 10 percent happen in or on the property of a school.
The Pirates infielder, Kang, may or may not be guilty of the alleged sexual assault against a young woman, but as the investigation continues, hopefully, the truth will be made known and the perpetrator arrested. Sexual crimes happen much too frequently, and police departments all over the country are overwhelmed with many caseloads and there are still, even more, sex crimes that go unreported. It is important for victims to report their rape or assault when it happens and have a rape kit done at a local hospital as soon as possible. At this time, Kang has not been charged with the sexual assault of a young 23-year-old woman. The infielder has retained his position on the team, but that could change as the investigation unfolds.
Opinion by Katherine Miller-Chichester
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