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Korean stars express their grief over child abuse after baby death

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Korean stars express their grief over child abuse after baby death

While public outrage over the death of a 16-month-old baby on suspicion of child abuse continues, many stars have participated in raising awareness about this abuse as they mourned and expressed their anger and grief.

Warning: Discussing Child Abuse.

On January 2, the SBS investigation show “Unanswered Questions” aired an episode about the story of a 16-month-old girl named Jungin. She was adopted at about seven months of age and died in a hospital emergency room on October 13, 2020 after suffering cardiac arrest. It is described that she was bruised and one of her injuries was that her stomach was covered in blood from a ruptured organ. According to an autopsy report, the cause of death was abdominal injury from external violence, and the force had severely damaged her pancreas. Other injuries reportedly included broken arms, collarbones, and legs. Jungin’s adoptive mother has said her death was caused by an accident.

The medical team, suspecting that their injuries were due to child abuse rather than an accident, reported their adoptive parents to the police. Her adoptive mother is currently being charged by prosecutors on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death rather than suspicion of murder. Her adoptive father was charged on suspicion including neglect. Further outrage sparked after it was revealed that three reports of child abuse against Jungin had been released in May, June and September but no action had been taken.

“Unanswered Questions” and the Korea Child Abuse Prevention Association proposed an online challenge to identify the term “Jungin I’m Sorry” in real-time search rankings. The public took part in the campaign and the phrase reached number 1 on a major search portal while several thousand posts about it were shared on Instagram. Many also write petitions to demand severe punishment for the perpetrator.

Bts‘s Jimin Posted to their fan community on WeVerse on January 3rd to take part in the campaign by posting with the hashtag “Jungin, I’m sorry”.

SEVENTEEN shared a post with the hashtag and the text “We’re going to change it”.

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Shin Ae Ra, who adopted two daughters in 2005 and 2008, participated by posting the image on Instagram, “Jungin, I’m sorry. We will change it. She wrote,” Biological parents. Adoptive parents. Foster parents. Single parents. Lots of people become parents easily. But how many people are qualified to be parents …” She shared her concern about child abuse like Jungin experiencing the same thing they are experiencing “How much pain you go through. How fearful you must be,” she wrote. “This is our responsibility. That is my responsibility. What should I do …”

Han Hye Jin joined the campaign using the hashtag and wrote that she couldn’t believe what she saw when she saw “Unanswered Questions”. “How could a person be so angry!” She wrote and said that she had difficulty sleeping because of her outrage and sadness over the child abuse. “Even today, I cry all day reading articles about Jungin and thinking about Jungin being neglected while feeling all this pain. Baby i’m sorry I’m really sorry that adults couldn’t protect you. In heaven … in a painless place, I hope you eat and laugh to your heart’s content!”

Uhm Jung Hwa participated in the hashtag and encouraged everyone to participate. She wrote: “The people who cruelly abused and killed this young angel who only deserves love. Innocent children die due to the laws they also send back after multiple reports, saying there is no evidence. You get sick. “She asked why the laws were so easy, stressed that children’s lives must be protected and that all child abuse violence against them must be prevented.

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Lee Min Jung shared images including a sketchbook that reads “I’m Sorry Jungin” signed by her son Junho. Another page in a different handwriting reads: “I hope that you are healthy and happy in this place! I feel sorry for the adults who couldn’t protect you! ”

The actress wrote in the headline: “This must not happen again…. I’m so heartbroken … and it gives me chills …”

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Seo Hyo rim wrote that she had been crying for days and added, “What else can I say? #JunginImSorry. Your smile was so beautiful. Turning away because it breaks my heart and it’s difficult for me. I think it would be a crime too …”

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Byul posted on Instagram with a picture that reads, “I’m sorry Jungin. I’m so sorry. I’m so … sorry …” She said that while she was angry and her hands were shaking, she was trying to figure out what to do for Jungin. “That can’t happen again,” she wrote. Jungin, rest in peace. I hope that in this place you are not in pain, sad or lonely.”

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Han Ji Min Photos of a written petition shared on Instagram. She wrote: “The child abuse is a reality that we have to face, that cannot happen again, that we really have to change now… #YounginImSorry. We will change it.”

Lee Chung Ah published a written petition giving instructions on how others can do so.

She wrote, “I remember being very angry at news of sexual child abuse against children last year. We must now hurry to make changes in relation to violence against the helpless and to change our society that allows it. Crimes against children are the worst of all crimes. Because they are violence against the weakest who need to be protected. I came across articles and broadcasts today about Jungin’s case and my heart feels heavy as I write this. I keep thinking of the sight of Jungin in the nursery the day before her death, who sat and quietly endured her pain without even being able to cry, and of her chest rising and falling with gasping breaths and difficulty. ”

She said she had made filing a petition her priority that day and said she would be grateful if everyone who read her post would also attend, and ended her message by saying, “Jungin it I’m sorry. We will definitely change it.”

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Park so dam shared the campaign message on her Instagram, writing, “I’m sorry I’m late … We’ll definitely change it.”

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Lee Yeon Hee also shared the hashtag on her Instagram.

Han chae ah posted a picture with the phrase “Jungin, I’m sorry”.

Jung bo suk shared his outrage, writing, “Although this is only a small thing I can do to make sure another child doesn’t go through the child abuse you’ve been through, I’ll try. Please become an angel there and be happy. ”

He called anyone who perpetrates violence against children a devil. “You must be punished more severely than any other criminal,” he said.

In a post on Instagram, Park eun suk wrote of his anger after finding out what had happened to Jungin and said it must have been so painful and scary for the child who couldn’t even say anything. “If it had happened before me I could have reached out and helped, but as someone living at the same time, I’m so angry that something like this happened and I still can’t understand it,” He wrote went on to tell Jungin that it was not her fault and that she only deserved love, he wrote that her death will not be in vain as it will lead to increased social awareness and will be a shield for potential victims in the future, and he wished that she would rest in peace and he quit his post hoping people would have an hour to petition.

Song Ga In, along with the hashtag, wrote “Everyone, let’s work together and help,” and asked people to petition.

On January 5, it was reported that Lee Young Ae had gone to Jungin’s grave with her family. Her agency confirmed that she had visited the grave with her husband and twin children. They said, “She heard from the news of Jungin’s fall and in mourning visited the cemetery near her home and remembered her.”

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