According to an annual 2020 report by the Center for Military Human Rights Korea, a civic group, the number of aggravated sexual assault cases requesting counseling rose from three in 2019 to 16 in 2020. Those related to sexual harassment increased from 44 to 55 in the same period.
The ministry vowed to turn over a new leaf with the one-strike policy in 2015, but little has improved since.
One of the factors behind this problem is the military court's light sentencing. The court sentenced suspects to jail terms in 175 out of 1,708 sex crime cases it tried from 2015 to 2020. The ratio is 10.2 percent, much lower than 25.2 percent for civilian courts.