American Accuses North Korea of Sexual Abuse

Park, released Feb. 6, in a mental hospital
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2010 9:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The Korean-American missionary who was released Feb. 6 after six weeks’ imprisonment in North Korea has suffered a mental breakdown due sexual abuse while he was in custody. Robert Park, 28, has been in a California mental facility for more than two weeks, his pastor tells Chosun Ilbo, after he exhibited stress-related panic symptoms.

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“After being taken to Pyongyang, Robert went through indescribably hideous sexual abuse,” Jon Benson says of Park, who illegally crossed the North Korean border Christmas Eve. “He called the North Korean regime more wicked than the Nazis.”
(Read more Robert Park stories.)

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