Saturday, April 25, 2009

바빴던 일주일

I am "out of action" for one week because I have been quite busy with my study. Two essays and two presentations to research and work on, plus other homework like sentence making to submit. In addition, preparation time for next day lesson is getting longer because the passages in the textbook are getting longer and harder. However, one good news is I have finished and done with my special presentation this term. I can now breathe a breath of relief.

Yesterday, I made my presentation on the topic - "Making public the personal particulars of sexual criminal". But before I did my presentation, we had cake cutting and photo session. Friday was the last lesson day for our American classmate, so our teacher bought a cake especially for him only to find out that he was absent from class. Anyway, we went ahead to eat the cake in his absence.

Our teacher bought us a very nice chocolate cake from Tous Les Jours. Too bad our American classmate could not be with us on his last day of lesson. We are going to miss his prank and joke.

After we had our cake, I was the first to present. I was for the motion of making public the personal particulars of sexual criminal.

성범죄자의 신상공개

입장: 찬성

지금부터 성범죄자의 신상공개라는 주제에 대해 발표하겠습니다.

성범죄는 큰 죄 아니면 작은 죄인가요?

성매수, 강간, 강제추행, 매매춘 알선 등의 성범죄 행위를 하는 사람들이 사회 대중에게 어떤 영향을 줄 건가요?

무고한 사람에게 돌이킬 수 없는 피해를 주는 죄는 당연히 큰 죄라고 판단해야 돼지요. 피해자들이 오래 동안 아파 죽을 정도로 살고 있을 상황을 보면 성범죄자의 개인 인권을 어떻게 존경을 할 수 있는지 모르겠어요.

이 세상이 너무 넓어서 성범죄자가 될 가능성이 높은 사람들이 잘 구분하지 못해지요. 착해 보인 사람도 성범죄자로 발견된 경우가 있잖아요. 만약에 성범죄자의 잘 구분하는 방법을 시민에게 가르치지 못 하면 다음 좋은 성범죄를 예방하는 방법은 바로 성범죄자의 신상공개예요.

성범죄를 예방에 위해 성범죄자의 신상공개보다 더 좋은 방법이 없는 것 같아요. 물론 신상공개 제도을 도입하면 성범죄 문제를 근본적으로 해결하기에는 불가능하지만 성범죄의 발생률을 줄이기에 어느 정도 효과가 있을 거예요. 왜냐하면 성범죄자가 성범죄 하기전에 그 심각한 결과가 더 신경을 써야 되기 때문이에요.

성범죄자 신상공개는 범죄자 본인을 처벌할 뿐만 아니라 잠재적인 성범죄자에게 경고를 전달하는 역할도 있어요. 이 제도를 통해서 자기의 신상 공개하고 싶지 않는 사람들이 할 수 없이 자기의 행위를 제어해야 돼요.

누구나 안전한 환경과 사회에서 살 고 싶지요. 또 아이들을 가지는 부모님들도 자기 아이들의 육성을 위해 밝고 건강한 환경을 더 선호해요. 그래서 성범죄의 예방을 무적으로 성범죄자의 신상공개 제도를 시실하면 우리 사회 공동 이익 보호할 수 있어요. 개인 이익보다 사회 공동 이익이 훨씬 중요하지요.

이상으로 제 발표를 마치겠습니다. 지금까지 제 발표를 들어 주셔서 감사합니다.

After me, another classmate of mine, made her presentation on why she is against the motion. Once she finished her speech, our class was divided into two groups to further debate on the topic.

Above are the members of the opposition team. They are of the opinion that education is more effective in curbing sexual crime rather than making public the personal particulars of sexual criminal. We question how can education be effective when we don't even know who are the past and potential sexual criminals among us and how they look like. In reply, they say that parents can caution their children about not staying out in the street late at night and not talking to strangers. We rebut that walking in the street late at night without fear is our basic human rights and to teach children not to talk to stranger is to teach them to doubt humanity from young which may adversely affect their future inter-personal relationship..... and on and on it went.....

Our debate was done completely in Korean. There were a lot of thoughts sitting in my head during the debate but to put them into words was a rather 'agonising' experience. I have yet to reach the stage where Korean words come out naturally from my mouth. For now, I still speak broken Korea but at least I can be understood. So I guess, I did fairly alright for my presentation.

Next week is going to be another busy week because mid-term test is next Thursday. Time to stress myself again. No pain no gain. 아자 아자 화이팅!

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