fiction / rape / old woman
69-year-old Hyo-jung, who is raped by a 29-year-old male nurse aid, decides to sue him and faces almost all kinds of adversities that a victim of sexual assault and a poor elderly woman can experience, including secondary victimization by a police officer and the chief nurse. Hyo-jung is repeatedly redefined as a woman who is prone to dementia due to depression, a woman who dresses well for her age, and thus a woman who is not likely to be sexually assaulted by a 29-year-old man.
What is noteworthy is the delicate literary synchronization of Hyo-jung’s adversity and the physical space where she stays. Hyo-jung, who lives off a poet Dong-in, cannot earn her living and has almost lost contact with her children. A scene where her neighbors ignore her while saying hello to Dong-in clearly illuminates where an elderly woman stands, in a blind spot that we cannot see (or do not try to see) clearly, although she is around us. It is no coincidence that the spaces where Hyo-jung stands are all immersed in darkness and that her face suddenly hardens on the way to overwhelm the assailant. This is why the journey of Hyo-jung, who barely showed her presence with her voice in darkness, to proclaim her dignity on a sunny rooftop, feels desolate. [KANG Bora]