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6 Keio University students face gang-rape charges

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Prosecutors in Tokyo said Wednesday they have sent papers on six male students of Keio Univertsity over the alleged rape of a student at a university facility in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, last September.

According to prosecutors, the six students — aged 18-21 — were members of the Keio Advertisement Society, a group that organizes the annual Miss Keio University beauty contest each November, Fuji TV reported.

The girl, who is a minor, filed a criminal complaint, saying she was forced to drink large amounts of alcohol, including tequila, by the group, and then gang-raped. Prosecutors said the group gave alcohol to other girls as well on the night of Sept 2 at the Hayama facility.

In October, after the victim filed the criminal complaint, the university cancelled the Miss Keio beauty contest, and the Keio Advertisement Society, which had a 90-year history, was disbanded. Three of the students have been suspended since the incident.

The case came to light after weekly magazines Shukan Shinco and Shukan Bunshun reported the incident, including an allegation that the suspects filmed the assault on their smartphones.

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were members of the Keio Advertisement Society, a group that organizes the annual Miss Keio University beauty contest 

Quite the club, why didn't I think of that.

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

I wonder if these rapist students will be tried under the old or new law for sex offenders. If new, then minimum sentence will be 5 years.

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forced to drink large amounts of alcohol

Whats the definition of "force" theres more to this than then whats being published.

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And because some of them are minors, they will not get the sentence they deserve...

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Keio Advertisement Society

Sounds like Keio's version of Waseda's Super Free. What is it with these universities? Where's Ota Seiichi? Any comments from him this time?

And because some of them are minors

Back home, the only 'minors' at universities are child prodigies.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

How about fines and or compinsation to the poor lady? Can she sue them in civil court as well?

Disgusting scum bags. These incidents seem to be ocurring more frequently these days.

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Andrew Crisp - yes, we are certainly not party to all the details - rarely are we.

But forced drinking (the act of pressuring someone to drink alcohol which they otherwise would not have consumed) has been a well documented problem in university circles for years.

In this hierarchial senpai - kohai society, where the most vulnerable are the newbies, cases such as this are only now receiving the attention they deserve.

Threats, harrassment, shame, self-guilt have all been used to keep the cover on this "just boys being boys" ritual activity.

If guilty, this should heed a severe warning to all of zero tolerance.

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Minimum 5 years. The rape of people HAS to STOP.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

@Andrew: Apologists for rape are a dying breed, the sooner you’re all gone, the better. Rape is an appalling assault of a person’s sense of self, and needs server punishment, not ‘excuses’ or ‘reasons’ for abhorrent behavior

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In this hierarchial senpai - kohai society, where the most vulnerable are the newbies, cases such as this are only now receiving the attention they deserve.

you mean high schools and unis around the world aren't built around a hierarchical structure? puh-lease.  it's always been cool kids jocks minorities nerds.

But forced drinking (the act of pressuring someone to drink alcohol which they otherwise would not have consumed) has been a well documented problem in university circles for years.

you obviously have never attended any parties throughout your youth.

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Even if all of them are eligible to get the five years, keep in mind the judge will have the authority to suspend the sentences. Being that many judges/lawyers come from Japan's Ivy League schools they're going to be bias and more than likely let them go with the typical, "They were drunk and/or remorseful."

I do have a question. If the Keio Advertisement Society was disbanded, what department (or renamed society) is running the Miss Keio University contest? I also want to know why the school authorized the contest for this year even before they were charged?

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aged 18-21 — were members of the Keio Advertisement Society, a group that organizes the annual Miss Keio University beauty contest each November

18-21 year old boys organizing a beauty contest? I'm sure this is not the first incident.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

It took prosecutors 10 months for sending "papers" after the criminal complaint, why did it take so long ?

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This is a very good response by the Uni, back in Australia this would be swept under the rug and the victim encouraged to drop it. In the US, the victim would be attacked

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Although the on campus rape culture in the west is being exposed as a myth in many cases,  it seems that it is systematic , alive and well in Japan.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

This is the only reason I support changing the age of adulthood in Japan, so these kinds of thugs can be tried as adults. This is the third time this year there has been a report of a mass rape in a university.

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@Citizen2012 - I think because the university is such a high profile one, with numerous people from the judiciary connected, that they probably dragged their feet hoping they wouldn't have to bring charges. It's obvious they have a case now and couldn't avoid bringing charges, but I still think they're going to get a slap on the wrist. I hope I'm wrong about the slap on the wrist part. I'm sure the standard investigation included questions such as, "Why did you go a room with six guys by yourself?" or "What were you wearing?"

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If she was too drunk to give consent or to resist, then it's rape. It doesn't matter how she got there, why she was there in the first place, whether she went there looking for sex, or whether or not she downed the alcohol willingly. Plus the fact that she filed a criminal complaint so soon after it happened lends credence to her story.

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Large amounts of alcohol, including tequila, consumed by a petite young woman would most likely render them completely unconscious.

I am admittedly a lightweight when it comes to drinking, two or three tall 9% chu-hi and I'm down for the count.

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WTF is a university doing having a beauty contest?

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As an educational institute Keio ALSO needs to create awareness about gender issues and sexual harassment by informing students about the issues when classes begin in September. Rape culture is an issue in society and this is a good opportunity to start discussions and education.

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K.O. University is supposed to be a trend setter - this type of behavior is more reflective of the broader culture that still exists about gender roles and power.

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@Andrew Crisp, forced equals peer pressure or whatever.

The issue here is that a very serious crime (in most countries anyway, Japan doesn't seem to treat it that way) took place.

The circumstances of how alcohol was consumed is irrelevant.

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@Ricky Kaminski

What do you mean by 'myth'? I'm honestly perplexed.

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Whats the definition of "force" theres more to this than then whats being published.

Thinly veiled victim blaming. Not surprising but very depressing.

No wonder victims are often reticent about coming forward.

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These incidents seem to be ocurring more frequently these days.

Dunno tbh. Initiation/frat parties were pretty wild when I was a student 20-25 years ago (very much what's described in the article or worse). I actually would like to believe that social media has helped raise awareness through the many vids/pics, horrible stories which are posted online everyday. Can't say we don't know.

What's described in this article IS rape and must be punished severely. Dunno if a total ban is the only/right answer but I think schools, unis, party organisers etc should inform all students of their rights & responsibilities on day 1. All 18yo do not have the same life experience (re sex, alcohol etc) and some are more vulnerable than others.

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Disgusting

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This clearly demonstrates why it's way past time that Japan lowers the age of criminal responsibility. It's one of the oldest (if not the oldest) in the world. In my country it's 8 but age of criminal prosecution is 12.. .even young kids have a basic concept of right and wrong. Even my pet dogs knew when they should be hiding under the bed with their tails between their legs.

These guys knew

A. exactly what they were doing (where their tails were!) and

B. thought they could get away with it without jail time even if caught.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

My daughter is off to a Japanese university next year... if something as awful as this ever happens to her, I would unleash hell on the perpetrators in the manner of a Liam Neeson character in a certain film.

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juminRheeAug. 10  11:21 pm JST

Luddite:

Ever been to America? They're called cheerleaders.

Huh? Have you ever been to America? University cheerleading in the States may not be everyone's cup of tea but, especially at major universities, is highly competitive and highly athletic. The cheerleaders are not chosen by the athletes and while it may help to be attractive, as it does in many aspects of life, being athletic enough to perform the moves is the objective. That you would even think it's equivalent to a beauty contest is ridiculous but your casual joke about the topic of the story is particularly pathetic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60Qnag5sznA

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Forceful Rape is abhorrent, and Gang-rape simply Criminal.

That said, do you now need to obtain a written consent form, witnessed by an independent person of authority (such as a Policeman), before you can engage in sexual activity ? How else can consensual sexual intercourse between two (or more ?) persons be guaranteed not to be considered as Rape, at the time, or later on, in the future... ?

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Sorry I should make it clear that Forceful, and Gang-rape, and indeed simply Rape should all be considered Criminal, for both (all ?) sexes.

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I wonder how is proved she was gang-raped by 6 if she does not remember. Please give scientific explanations. Unless they admitted it and remember themselves of course.

Rape is horrible.

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I can believe this. I'm a foreign graduate of the Keio Faculty of Law (postgraduate) and my life there was made a misery by privileged brats who didn't want a foreigner in their midst and constantly bullied me. They presented me with a rubber ugly mask at a Christmas party, would openly talk about me to each other in class within my hearing and even phoned me at home and demanded that I pull out of their class! I had absolutely no support or protection from the professors - in fact one tried to prevent me from enrolling in his class because he didn't want a gaijin in it. It was a constant battle. The trouble is that a lot of them went to the Keio kindergarten, then to the Keio Primary School and then to the Keio High School so they've lived a protected life of privilege and license and think they are untouchable. No trend setting by Keio back then and only some action now I think because of media coverage.

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