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Japan to survey cases of sexual violence among abused children

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Japan's welfare ministry has begun a survey of child abuse cases to see if the victims also suffered from sexual violence, with an eye to tackling the most difficult cases particularly if they occur within a family, officials said.

The survey was prompted by the high-profile death of 10-year-old Mia Kurihara in January last year due to physical abuse at her home in Chiba Prefecture, as she revealed when temporarily in protective custody that she had also suffered sexual abuse, they said.

In the survey, the ministry is asking all 220 child consultation centers across Japan to report cases in which they initially did not know but later discovered that the abused children had also been exposed to sexual abuse.

The centers are authorized to offer temporary protection to abused children, give guidance to parents and enter homes when necessary for inspection, and have been dealing with an increasing number of child abuse cases in recent years.

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare plans to compile a report by March next year, the officials said.

Of 159,838 cases of child abuse reported or referred to the consultation centers in fiscal 2018, 55.3 percent involved psychological abuse, 25.2 percent physical abuse, 18.4 percent neglect, and only 1.1 percent sexual abuse.

But experts see the marginal showing of sexual violence in data as just the "tip of the iceberg" because victims often keep their situations secret, particularly when abusers are within the family, for fear that divulging their plight could lead to breaking up the family.

Before her death, for which Mia's father has been sentenced to 16 years in prison but is appealing, the fourth grade girl was taken to one of the centers after a school questionnaire revealed her father's violence.

Even though she spoke of her sexual abuse, the temporary shelter let her go back home without taking any special measures, according to the prefectural government which looked into the case.

"At present, there is a risk that sexually abused children cannot receive care if their cases are not recognized as also involving sexual violence," a ministry official said.

There are also other cases of repeated sexual offenses against children at home that have come to light in Japan, including one in which a father was found guilty by the Nagoya High Court of sexually abusing his daughter.

A social environment should be created to make it easier for children to complain of sexual abuse and get protection without suffering any detrimental treatment, said Hiroyuki Suzuki, an associate professor at Rissho University who is an expert on child welfare.

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Seems to me like a "Oh we have to make it look like we are doing something" moments here!

Surveying is one thing...ACTION is what is called for!

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With all the sexualization of young girls by the mainstream media and pop culture is it any wonder that pedos think they can get away with such disgusting behaviour?

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There is a common motif of inability and unwillingness to take action legally in Japan when it comes to cases of sexual abuse be it against children or adults. It's like they believe only YOU are responsible for protecting yourself from sexual abuse.

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Taboo subject.

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Talk about overdue.

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Penfold - With all the sexualization of young girls by the mainstream media and pop culture is it any wonder that pedos think they can get away with such disgusting behaviour?

I totally agree! However, the sexualisation of young girls is nothing new in Japan. It is the violence that is new. Have a look on YouTube at some of the pop idol videos from the 60’s and 70’s. The are even more sexually exploitive than the modern stuff.

The callousness of the violence against children has become much worse in the last 15-20 years. My guess would be due to the financial pressures of The flailing economy. People just take it out on their kids.

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"In the survey, the ministry is asking all 220 child consultation centers across Japan to report cases in which they initially did not know but later discovered that the abused children had also been exposed to sexual abuse."

How about cases that they DID know about but said they didn't, until they were caught lying? I sure hope this is anonymous, because we know they're not going to report cases they previously have not.

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I’ve lived and traveled all around the world, but have never witnessed a country like Japan that preys so heavily on the weak, innocent, and vulnerable. Girls here in Japan are visualized only as sex objects by men who feel no guilt or disregard for abusing them as such.

i hope the future for Japan battling this social issue can prevail but I am not hopeful

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This is a must action.

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