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Man arrested for sexually assaulting minor he solicited as model

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Police in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, have arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of violating the child prostitution and pornography law after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl and filmed himself committing lewd acts with her in May.

Kazuma Inoue, a company employee from Otsu, was arrested on Tuesday, Kyodo News reported. Police said he has refused to talk until he speaks with a lawyer.

According to the warrant, Inoue solicited the girl in April on the internet for a modeling job in May. When she met up with him at a hotel in Otsu, she refused the offer upon learning that the job involved wearing a swimsuit. The suspect then warned her that she would have to pay him a 200,000 yen penalty if she declined the job or do sex-related work if she couldn’t afford the fee.

Inoue is accused of then sexually assaulting the teen and filming obscene acts at the hotel from May 11 to 12th.

The case came to light after Inoue was arrested over another extortion case, and incriminating footage was found during an analysis of his smartphone.

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The last couple of years, it has become a very common sight to see oyajis with young "models" on photo shoots. Italy Park in Shiodome is one of the fav spots for these sick old men.

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In doubt better chose that damned swimsuit.

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Another predatory creep of his leash. Japan really needs to stiffen the penalties for these creeps using the internet to groom minors.

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Yep as usual filmed and no doubt uploaded.

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I would never understand why those girls go on their own.

Friends ? Boyfriend ? Brother ?

So many in the wild in need to be given natural punishment with fists first if required.

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A friend of mine was hit with a 10M JPY penalty for the same thing, which she was forced to sign when she was 14. Now she is over 20 but still paying off that debt because there was a 10% / month interest on it. There's nothing the police or the Japanese justice system willing to help with those kind of cases.

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The last couple of years, it has become a very common sight to see oyajis with young "models" on photo shoots. Italy Park in Shiodome is one of the fav spots for these sick old men.

Agreed- always creepy when I see these otaku " photographers" with their "models." Kimoi oyajis.

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@blahblah222

You cannot agree legally to a contract if not adult.

Some people are dumb enough it seems.

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@blahblah222

I don't see how that could possibly be legally enforced. She shouldn't have paid them a single yen.

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A friend of mine was hit with a 10M JPY penalty for the same thing, which she was forced to sign when she was 14. Now she is over 20 but still paying off that debt because there was a 10% / month interest on it. There's nothing the police or the Japanese justice system willing to help with those kind of cases.

Unbelievable, common sense not so common. How can everybody around be so dumb

as to know she can't be forced to pay for something she signed when she was a minor.

How is it even possible.

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blahblah222Today  05:26 pm JST

A friend of mine was hit with a 10M JPY penalty for the same thing, which she was forced to sign when she was 14. Now she is over 20 but still paying off that debt because there was a 10% / month interest on it. There's nothing the police or the Japanese justice system willing to help with those kind of cases.

Just stop paying.

Will be near impossible to enforce repayment.

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parents be ware. So many young boys and girls are being tricked and manipulated to enter a contract online and join these so called modeling agents and most of them end up in debt to the advertiser, then in order to pay the debt they get pushed into the sex industry, shame shame shame on you Japan for not protecting your own kids.

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The girl must have been traumatised. A company employee with too much time on his hands. Perhaps loads of overtime is not such a bad thing

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Children can not sign contracts whatever it's for including smartphones.

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These predators prey on girls that usually have no solid adult figure (usually but not exclusively male) in their lives who would very likely sniff this a mile away and steer them away from it.

They certainly have never run into a vengeful father.

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RedstormToday  07:32 pm JST

Children can not sign contracts whatever it's for including smartphones.

I signed a bunch of contracts in Japan--just the other day too, and my parents are still alive so . . .

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The last couple of years, it has become a very common sight to see oyajis with young "models" on photo shoots. Italy Park in Shiodome is one of the fav spots for these sick old men.

Agreed- always creepy when I see these otaku " photographers" with their "models." Kimoi oyajis.

Such a gross generalization. I personally have an acquaintance who often takes photos for families and young women who post them on Instagram. I've always been impressed with his lighting, you can't emulate it with just an iPhone.

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painkiller

RedstormToday 07:32 pm JST

>    Children can not sign contracts whatever it's for including smartphones.

I signed a bunch of contracts in Japan--just the other day too, and my parents are still alive so . . .

you are not a legal Japanese child

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Give him a decade or so in prison to reflect on things and see if he becomes a model of his own with the other men.

Also, I know there is a strong desire to be seen and to become famous for many young men and women (or boys and girls, technically, by law), but please check things out a little before agreeing to meet these "talent agents".

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He'll likely rot in jail never seeing the light of day again for 4-6 months.

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It's sad that sex is such a taboo subject in Japan that girls often grow up naive and with a lack of understanding of the danger they are in from predatory men like this one.

They are trusting of adults and taught to respect authority, and often do not question even when there is no logic to what they are being told to do.

That poor girl. If only ...

And this being Japan with its lax laws on sexual assault, that man will probably only get a slap on the wrist and will continue abusing girls and women.

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This kind of " Photographer " gives real Photographers a bad name. Outdoor photoshoots are better and much more safer. Never go to an indoor photoshoot if you do not know the photographer well.

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Painkiller

I signed a bunch of contracts in Japan--just the other day too, and my parents are still alive so . . .

I am sorry to say that I doubt that, I have never signed a contract in Japan without having to show identification (gaijin card, drivers license, etc.) which would have made it abundantly clear if you were a minor, in which case they would not have allowed you to sign.

However, even if they had allowed you to sign said contract, they would have no legal value if you were a minor. They couldn't be enforced, as all you had to do to get out of them is to simply proof you were a minor at the date of signing.

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Lamilly

A company employee with too much time on his hands. Perhaps loads of overtime is not such a bad thing

I think you will find that sexual assualts aren't caused by "too much time on ones hand". Many sexual predators hold down jobs, have families, friends, hobbies, etc. If they don't have time, they make time to commit these crimes. Why?? Because they have the urge to do so and make the decision that other peoples wellbeing isn't as important as they getting what they want.

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Girl in Tokyo

It's sad that sex is such a taboo subject in Japan that girls often grow up naive and with a lack of understanding of the danger they are in from predatory men like this one.

I don't think this holds true actually. First off, I don't think that sex is a taboo subject in Japan. In many ways people are more open about sex as there is less of a guilt complex around the topic due to absence of monotheistic religions.

Secondly, I am also not sure if overall girls in japan are more lacking understanding on the dangers of predatory men when compared to other countries. I have never seen any research on this.

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The suspect then warned her that she would have to pay him a 200,000 yen penalty if she declined the job or do sex-related work if she couldn’t afford the fee.

This shouldn't hold weight at all because as a minor, any contract she agrees to is null and void due to her age.

Also, not to victim blame but I feel like youths in Japan really lack awareness and understanding of online dangers. Who meets up with a complete stranger they met online at a hotel without bringing a friend? What did they think was going to happen? There needs to be more transparency and education on online stranger danger in Japanese schools because more often than not, cases like this keep popping up in the news.

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Also, not to victim blame but

Then don't victim blame, just dont.

For someone who starts off by saying he doesn't want to victim blame, you spend the remainder of this post talking about what the victim did wrong and absolutely zero time about what the actual rapist did. You may want to consider that for a second.

I feel like youths in Japan really lack awareness and understanding of online dangers. Who meets up with a complete stranger they met online at a hotel without bringing a friend?

This is textbook example of victim blaming.

What did they think was going to happen?

She thought she was going to do a modeling job. The guy changed the rules. That is 100% on him, not her.

There needs to be more transparency and education on online stranger danger in Japanese schools because more often than not, cases like this keep popping up in the news.

Also, and bear with me here, we educate the adults on the simple fact that extorting and raping people is a bad thing.

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Wil Today 09:34 am JST

I don't think this holds true actually. First off, I don't think that sex is a taboo subject in Japan. In many ways people are more open about sex as there is less of a guilt complex around the topic due to absence of monotheistic religions.

I'm not sure where your impression came from, but really, Japan absolutely is quite conservative about sex, though of course, in different ways than western countries might be. And parents very often don't give their children the information they need to keep themselves safe or make well-informed decisions later in life. Honestly, this is not unique to Japan, as parents in the UK are often reluctant to talk frankly to their kids about sex. But unlike the UK, the sex education the kids get in school here is very very basic, nowhere near comprehensive, and they never ask questions - so if parents don't fill in the gaps, kids don't learn until it's too late.

And they certainly do not teach girls about the need to protect themselves. People just do not talk about sex in the blunt, straightforward way that is really needed to help young girls and teens understand that there are men out there who will use their inexperience and naivety to their advantage. Some women even find it difficult to discuss the topic even among themselves. I've known Japanese women who were raped, but didn't even know enough to call it that at the time.

And no, religion has nothing to do with this. It has more to do with other aspects of Japanese culture, such as the culture of shame, the emphasis on self-restraint and self-discipline, which of course we don't need to go into here. You can easily ask a friend or read up on that for yourself.

Secondly, I am also not sure if overall girls in japan are more lacking understanding on the dangers of predatory men when compared to other countries. I have never seen any research on this.

If you want the research, I doubt you'll find it very easily and it won't be in English. You'll just have to take the word of women who have lived it. And really? That should be enough for you. Believe what women are telling you.

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If you want the research, I doubt you'll find it very easily and it won't be in English.

I can read Japanese, so if you have any research to back up your claim, be it English or japanese, please share.

You'll just have to take the word of women who have lived it. And really? That should be enough for you. Believe what women are telling you.

Sorry but that is absolute nonsense. What I said was this:

Secondly, I am also not sure if overall girls in japan are more lacking understanding on the dangers of predatory men when compared to other countries. I have never seen any research on this.

This has nothing to do with lived experience, this is a statement about levels of understanding. Just because you are a woman doesn't mean you have an inherent greater insight into what the overall knowledge level of the female population is.

Just like my experience as a man doesn't give me a better understanding of the how well versed the average male is in, say, mathematics, being a woman doesn't give you a better understanding in this.

I believe women when they tell me about their experiences, but we aren't talking about experiences, we are talking about general levels of knowledge about something. Being a woman, or a man, doesn't give you greater insights there,

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WilToday 02:41 pm JST

I can read Japanese, so if you have any research to back up your claim, be it English or japanese, please share.

I'm not a social psychologist, so why would I be familiar with research in that area, or even know if such research actually exists? Sorry, can't help you.

This has nothing to do with lived experience, this is a statement about levels of understanding. Just because you are a woman doesn't mean you have an inherent greater insight into what the overall knowledge level of the female population is.

I'm saying that girls and teens in Japan generally don't get the kind of comprehensive sex education, particularly around the issues of safety and consent, that they need to keep themselves safe and to be able to advocate for themselves in face of pushy aggressive predatory men who use their standing and authority, as well as superior physical strength, to scare and take advantage of them.

In fact, this is not just a Japan problem. It happens everywhere. It's just a bit worse in Japan because the culture here is more patriarchal.

My experience as a woman does give me general overall understanding of the experience of women. That's what "experience" means. So if I am telling you that I had such-and-such experience, and a lot of women I know also had such-as-such an experience, it shouldn't require a research project for you to believe it. But hey, knock yourself out. :)

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Lesson: don't leave things in your smartphone lol

It's sad that sex is such a taboo subject in Japan that girls often grow up naive and with a lack of understanding of the danger they are in from predatory men like this one.

The purity of Nadeshiko

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She thought she was going to do a modeling job. The guy changed the rules. That is 100% on him, not her.

You too must be extremely naive and gullible if you believe that meeting up with a stranger, never mind what he said and what he claims his profession is, at a hotel will lead to anything but bad intentions. All I'm saying is that the girl, who is 17 should have enough common sense and instinct to be wary of the entire situation. The mere fact that she blindly trusted a complete stranger's word and went to meet him in an enclosed private space speaks of serious misjudgment. Children are taught from young never to go away with a stranger. A 17-year-old should be old enough to exercise some common sense.

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purple_depressed_baconToday 08:11 pm JST

A 17-year-old should be old enough to exercise some common sense.

For someone who said "I'm not victim blaming" you sure do like to blame women for their own rapes.

Nice guy. Bet women are just lining up to take you home to meet mom.

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@girl_in_tokyo - if a woman were to be walking home at night, minding her own business and someone jumps out and sexually assaults her then yes, absolutely, she is not to be blamed. She did not orchestrate the event at all; was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In this article's situation, I am merely pointing out that the 17-year-old should not be completely absolved of all responsibility because she made the conscious decision to meet up with a complete stranger online. Who does that? And at a hotel room. The mere fact that he wanted to meet at a hotel room should be cause enough to ring several alarm bells. I take issue with her serious lack of judgement and common sense. Should a person shoulder zero responsibility when they touch a hot stove knowing that they'll get burned from said hot stove? They way you're all coddling her and defending her is not going to help her learn from her mistakes. She needs to understand that her actions and lack of judgement exacerbated an already shady and suspicious situation.

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I am merely pointing out that the 17-year-old should not be completely absolved of all responsibility because she made the conscious decision to meet up with a complete stranger online.

Society has decided that statutory rape laws need to exist, as minors, due to underdeveloped brains and lack of the requisite life experience to be able to understand the consequences of their actions, require protection from coercion by those who have fully developed brains and more life experience, creating a very distinct power balance. Society does this to protect our children.

You sir, are victim blaming. Contrary to your assertion, she actually is completely absolved of responsibility, because we (modern) society does not place responsibility to not sleep with minors, on the minors. The responsibility is 100% on the adults.

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purple_depressed_baconToday 01:33 am JST

I am merely pointing out that the 17-year-old should not be completely absolved of all responsibility because she made the conscious decision to meet up with a complete stranger online.

I see. So it is the 17 year old girl's own fault that she was raped by an older, more experienced man, because she should have known, despite her naivete and inexperience, that this particular man was lying and planned to rape her.

What do you propose her punishment should be? Because it sounds to me like you are just DYING to punish her for having the temerity to think she can trust that men won't rape her.

Or maybe, just maybe, we shouldn't blame the victims and just punish men who rape. Ya think?

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it sounds to me like you are just DYING to punish her for having the temerity to think she can trust that men won't rape her.

Quite the exaggeration. While I don't agree it's her fault at all, you've taken it to a ridiculous extreme. Let's look at what he actually said:

I am merely pointing out that the 17-year-old should not be completely absolved of all responsibility because she made the conscious decision to meet up with a complete stranger online.

Hardly "dying to punish her".

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I'm not a social psychologist, so why would I be familiar with research in that area, or even know if such research actually exists? 

If you make a claim about Japanese society in general you should be able to explain where that claim is based on.

My experience as a woman does give me general overall understanding of the experience of women. 

No, it gives you understanding of your own experience and also about women in your direct environment. If you think you can extrapolate that to all women you are falling victim to selection bias. Just like my personal experience as a man, doesn't allow me to speak for all men.

That's what "experience" means. 

Exactly, experience means something you excperienced, which is not the same as what everyone else experienced.

So if I am telling you that I had such-and-such experience, and a lot of women I know also had such-as-such an experience, it shouldn't require a research project for you to believe it.

The thing is, most Japanese women I know are actually very well aware of the dark sides of male behavior, sex and human nature in general. They are the exact opposite of sheltered, unaware etc.

Now, this is probably because we hang around in different social circles, age groups etc. Maybe your experience is more in sync with the general tendency among women. Maybe my friends are more representative. I don't know, which is why I clearly stated in my original message "in my experience".

I don't doubt your personal experience. However, I doubt your claim that your experience is true for the general population as that is not what I have witnessed in my surroundings.

So in summary, "I am a woman, so you have to believe me" is not the winning argument you think it is because I know a lot of women who have a completely different experience.

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purple_depressed_bacon

Also, not to victim blame

I am merely pointing out that the 17-year-old should not be completely absolved of all responsibility because she made the conscious decision to meet up with a complete stranger online. 

Uhm yeah, you are victim blaming. You know why? A girl can meet a complete stranger in a room and that does not give the complete stranger any more right to rape her.

Your sense of right and wrong is completely off whack.

I take issue with her serious lack of judgement and common sense

Strangely enough I haven't heard you take issue with the guy actually raping her. You are only talking about what the girl did wrong. Not a single peep about the rapist.

They way you're all coddling her and defending her is not going to help her learn from her mistakes. 

Are you trying to claim you are pursuing this line of argument to "protect her"??

She needs to understand that her actions and lack of judgement exacerbated an already shady and suspicious situation.

This girl needs many things, but not what you claim.

She needs the support of her family and friends. She needs to receive access to psychological counceling. She needs to rebuild her sense of normalcy, safety and self worth, all of which were taking from her by this rapist.

She also needs society to crack down harder on rape and sexual assault and rape. She needs society to change its thinking so people (especially men) stop this kind of behavior.

What she absolutely doesn't need is some random guy blaming her for what she did wrong. I am sure she is blaming herself plenty, victims usually do. She doesn't need you for that so may I kindly suggest you keep your "advice" to yourself?

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StrangerlandToday 09:09 am JST

Hardly "dying to punish her".

Punishment comes in all sorts of forms, including, but not limited to slut shaming and victim blaming, which men on this forum are quite happy to engage in.

So yes, he is all ready and eager to punish her, as well as all women, by spreading victim-blaming rhetoric.

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The problem with your extremist arguments girl in Tokyo, is that they cause the valid points you make to get drowned out by your rhetoric, which in the end doesn't accomplish anything.

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WilToday 09:12 am JST

If you make a claim about Japanese society in general you should be able to explain where that claim is based on.

I did. You didn't believe me.

Your attitude is so very typical of men that it doesn't surprise me at all, and I know better than to waste more of my time on trying to explain.

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Your attitude is so very typical of men that it doesn't surprise me at all

I think intelligent humans in general want actual evidence of a supposed trend of a society, rather than an anecdote that does not prove it. I'm not sure if that's a male/female thing as much as an intelligence/lack of intelligence thing.

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I did. You didn't believe me.

Stop misrepresenting my argument. This is what I said.

I don't doubt your personal experience. However, I doubt your claim that your experience is true for the general population as that is not what I have witnessed in my surroundings.

Your attitude is so very typical of men that it doesn't surprise me at all, and I know better than to waste more of my time on trying to explain.

This has nothing to do with you being female. This is about you making blanket statements about all women in Japan. Trying to dismiss my criticism of these blanket statements because I am male is dishonest.

You may want to look at my comments in this thread alone, to see where I stand on women's rights My disagreement with you is purely based on the fact that your argument is illogical and you cant back it up with anything more than "because I say so", not because you are a woman.

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I think intelligent humans in general want actual evidence of a supposed trend of a society, rather than an anecdote that does not prove it. I'm not sure if that's a male/female thing as much as an intelligence/lack of intelligence thing.

I don't think it is an intelligence thing as such, more a matter of dogmatic thinking. I agree with her that by and large women get a rather tough deal in society, in Japan more so than in other countries, and it is perfectly normal for women to push back against this. Especially if someone starts victim blaming as has occured in this discussion.

Combine this with a very normal human tendency to not want to admit being wrong and it is easy to fall back on ad hominem type of attacks, which in this case take the form of "you only say that because you are a man".

The unfortunate part is that I actually agree with her on many parts, but find her whole way of dealing with criticism rather off putting,

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The unfortunate part is that I actually agree with her on many parts, but find her whole way of dealing with criticism rather off putting,

Me too. The problem is she thinks that misandry is an appropriate response to misogyny.

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Me too. The problem is she thinks that misandry is an appropriate response to misogyny.

Once again, that is a kinda understandable, although unproductive response. The thing is however, that I don't think my response was misogynistic in any way, it certainly wasn't intended in that way. I was trying to make a point on how personal experiences can't be generalized. I would (and have) made same points to men as well, so it is rather self-defeating to dismiss what was intended as a neutral critique as misogyny.

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I shouldn't, but can't help one last parting comment. An angry reaction to sexism is not akin to misandry, Mr. Strangerland. Grow up.

I told Wil what I have learned over my years of living in Japan talking with other women about what and how they were taught about sex, and I explained how sex education in Japan is generally taught. He didn't believe me. And instead of looking it up for himself, which he can obviously do, he decided it was MY personal responsibility to "prove" it to him. This is akin to me saying "It's sunny outside" and him responding "show me the research on sunny Japanese summers" instead of looking out the bloody window.

No woman thinks her experience is universal. We well know other women have experiences that are better, or worse, than her own. So when a woman tells you of her experience, you don't just dismiss it because "all women have difference experiences". Your experience of how society treats women, reacts to women, and how women move though this world and deal with sexism is limited. Because of this, you aren't the best judge, which means you need to listen and believe women instead of arguing with them.

Now, if you have the opportunity to speak on an extreme personal level with dozens of women, if they are willing to tell you about their sexual experiences in detail and not censor themselves out of fear of male judgement, then I would encourage you to do that. In fact, I hope you do, because it will open your eyes.

And yes, I'm sorry, but arguing with a woman who shares her experience with you is a sexist reaction. You may not mean to be sexist, and you may not be always behave in a sexist manner, and you might otherwise be a great stand up non-sexist guy, but that particular action WAS sexist.

So go talk to more women. Ask them pointed questions. Ask them about rape. If you approach them in an open-minided non-judgmental non-argumentatitve way, they might even open up to you and tell you the whole truth. Good luck.

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Should have mentioned:

Women tell one another intimate details about their sex lives that they would never share with men who are not their boyfriends or husbands. That is, women will talk to each other and share intimate experiences with each other very naturally, with automatic trust. They don't do that with men because, of course, they can't trust men - they fear the exact reaction I got from Wil: disbelief, scorn, mansplaining. As I said, if you can keep your mouth shut and just listen, instead of questioning and arguing, you might learn something. But first you gotta be the kind of man a woman feels she can trust, and if your reaction here is any indication, you aren't there yet.

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@girl in Tokyo

I agree with the men side. Sorry again.

You end using the "Men can´t be trusted" theme.

One also needs to distinguish victim blaming and law acceptance.

It is not because some say, like me, that this girl should have been more careful that the law shall not apply.

Prevention is as benefecial as action.

I told my daughters to ask their parents advice if wishing to go somewhere or do some special activities on their own.

Law punishment has never stop criminal activities, and never will.

If you can avoid by common sense to be assaulted, do it.

I never scorned women but you do on men as a general view.

There is no age to evolve please. If some men can´t be trusted, some can. Same with women. The only difference is that men look actively for sex while most women don´t. That is part of our species definition, it is not a flaw.

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