Crime psy­chol­o­gist named among BBC’s 100 women

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - By Kang Se­ung-woo [email protected]­re­

Lee Soo-jung, a renowned foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist, has been named on the BBC’s list of the 100 most in­flu­en­tial and in­spi­ra­tional women this year.

The Bri­tish broad­caster has se­lected 100 in­flu­en­tial and in­spi­ra­tional women around the world ev­ery year since 2013. This year’s theme was: “What would the fu­ture look like if it were driven by women?”

“As a foren­sic psy­chol­o­gist, I want the fu­ture to be a safe place for my chil­dren,” Lee told the BBC.

Lee was one of 19 women in the lead­er­ship cat­e­gory. The other fields were earth, knowl­edge, cre­ativ­ity, sport and iden­tity.

“Foren­sic psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor Lee Soo-jung has worked on nu­mer­ous high-pro­file mur­der cases in Korea,” the BBC said. “Based at Ky­onggi Univer­sity in Seoul, she has chal­lenged the le­gal sys­tem, help­ing to in­tro­duce an anti-stalk­ing bill.

“She be­lieves stalk­ing leads to more se­ri­ous crimes in many cases, where the ma­jor­ity of the vic­tims are vul­ner­a­ble women.”

Lee, re­garded as among the na­tion’s first-gen­er­a­tion crim­i­nal pro­fil­ers, has been com­mit­ted to foren­sic analysis, while giv­ing lec­tures to the pub­lic.

She also served as a mem­ber of the Supreme Court’s Sen­tenc­ing Com­mis­sion, the Supreme Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice’s sex­ual vi­o­lence task­force and the Na­tional Po­lice Agency’s re­form com­mit­tee. She is the au­thor of seven books as well.

Oth­ers on the BBC list in­clude Swedish cli­mate change ac­tivist Greta Thun­berg, Malaysian trans­gen­der ac­tivist Nisha Ayub, Ja­panese sumo wrestler Hy­ori Kon and In­dian hu­man rights ac­tivist Parveena Ahanger.

Thun­berg, 15, who has been lead­ing the “Fri­days for Fu­ture” move­ment, in which stu­dents skip class on Fri­days to protest against cli­mate change, urged gov­ern­ments to take more mea­sures to tackle the cli­mate is­sue.

Lee Soo-jung

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