Japan’s disgusting attitude towards Women who have been raped

April 15, 2018

women who say “me too” do so at their own risk.

comments accused Rika Shiiki of lying and being a publicity hound when she
tweeted that she lost business contracts after refusing to have sex with
clients. Some said that by agreeing to dine with a man, she led him on.
comments I received were disproportionately negative,” the 20-year-old
university student and entrepreneur told a TV talk show in December. “We need
to create a society where we can speak up. Otherwise sexual harassment and
other misconduct will persist forever.”
(hash)MeToo movement has not caught on in Japan, where speaking out often draws
criticism rather than sympathy, even from other women.
In a
patriarchal society where women have long taken the blame, many victims try to
forget attacks and harassment instead of seeking support and justice, said Mari
Miura, a political science professor at Sophia University in Tokyo.
She said:
lacks such a sisterhood. It’s an exhausting and intimidating process. … It’s
quite natural that victims feel reluctant to speak up.
woman, journalist Shiori Ito, went public last year. She held a news conference
after prosecutors decided not to press charges against a prominent TV newsman
whom she had accused of raping her after he invited her to discuss job
opportunities over dinner and drinks in 2015.
online comments criticised her for speaking out, looking too seductive and
ruining the life of a prominent figure. Some women called her an embarrassment,
she told The Associated Press.
October release of Ito’s book “Blackbox” detailing her ordeal came as the
(hash)MeToo phenomenon was making headlines in America. It prompted some
discussion in Japan, but only a handful of other women came forward.
people think Shiori’s problem has nothing to do with them … and that’s why
(hash)MeToo isn’t growing in Japan,” said lawyer Yukiko Tsunoda, an expert on
sex crimes. In Japan, sexually assaulted women are traditionally called “the
flawed,” she said.