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Verdict due Tuesday in landmark Japan SDF sexual assault case

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By Kyoko HASEGAWA

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I used to be in the military. When I read something like this, after being proud of my time, I think, "Throw the book at these guys. And if you can do even more, do it." Soldiers took care of their own when I was in, and reading this makes me red-eyed with anger.

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I'll bet Y100 they're found guilty, but get suspended sentences. No actual jail time.

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I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict suspended sentences…..

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Wandora @ 9.58am

Sitting on the fence? Your inference is that it is ok and should be dealt with "in house" where an assault can be glossed over. She chose to serve her country, not to be the subject of sexual assault. If found guilty, they should be sentenced to a term of imprisonment, but knowing the Japanese judiciary system, all will be forgiven if they promise not to be repeat offenders. Time to set an example.

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But it's NOT just in the military, until Japan tackles this issue heads on starting with government employees then the private sector by educating people what is and what is NOT acceptable, people will continue making these moves and mistakes thinking IT IT THE NORM!?

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Coulda beenToday  10:07 am JST

Wandora @ 9.58am

Sitting on the fence? 

No, I'm not ambivalent about assault. But I acknowledge that if you put a woman in with a bunch of men who, on the one hand, are taught how to ram a knife into a man's brains to scramble them without flinching then, on the other, are expected to treat the female soldiers differently to their male colleagues, bad things will happen.

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Rina Gonoi, 24 casts a rather desolate figure.

I cannot feel anything but anger and disappointment that Rina Gonoi was so grossly betrayed by a system that refused to support, ignored, cast aside her testimony alleging a criminal sexual assault.

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She will lost the lawsuit!

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Only way she loses… if this Judge is on the take.

elephant200Today 12:37 pm JST

She will lost the lawsuit!

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Has it stopped in the military ?

Whatever result, less Japanese will wish to enroll.

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the judge's employer (GOV) is the case defendant where is the fairness?

when judges commit misconduct, no investigation exists.

judges are protecting their interest and their employers. what do you expect??

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But Gonoi, who is also suing her alleged attackers and the government in a parallel civil case, became a target of vicious vitriol online by coming forward.

"I was prepared for defamation, but it's tough," she told AFP, saying at one point it got so bad she didn't leave her home for five days. "There's something wrong with Japan -- people attack victims instead of perpetrators."

Has an element of J society, a noxious underbelly of pernicious victim blaming, viewing women virtues as submissiveness, fawning at the behest of a poisonous patriarchy.

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Countless thousands of of rapes and SA abuse happen all the time in Japan, but no more than 5% every get anywhere because the police and justice system just don't care. I cannot see Gonoi getting much from this case either, the misogynistic, patriarchal system that is Japan is too overwhelming.

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If the men really committed the alleged acts, they should be punished. But the whole case seems hard to prove and it’s basically hearsay. Not saying it’s not true but…

And I’m curious as to how much money she’s made off of the publicity/ notoriety?

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The elite of this country steal, lie, and are the most corrupt people I have ever seen in my life. Of course, they will do nothing that changes the abnormal norm in Japan.

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She has already made enormous progress.

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"Men" are not to blame, it a system, a society, a culture that simply refuses to change, allows, accepts all Japan's "Rina Gonoi's" must suffer in silence.

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Wandora @ 9.58am

So, are you saying that it is ok for military personal to sexually assault each other and woman shouldn't expect special treatment. And if that is the case then I certainly would not volunteer to serve.

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No, I'm not ambivalent about assault. But I acknowledge that if you put a woman in with a bunch of men who, on the one hand, are taught how to ram a knife into a man's brains to scramble them without flinching then, on the other, are expected to treat the female soldiers differently to their male colleagues, bad things will happen.

Does this sound like men treating female soldiers like men?

Gonoi said she experienced harassment daily after enlisting in 2020. "When walking down the hallway, someone slaps you on your hip, or holds you from behind," she said. "I was kissed on the cheek, and my breasts were grabbed."

Then, during a drill in 2021, she says three colleagues pressed her to the ground, forced apart her legs and each repeatedly pressed their crotches against her.

That's clearly what you do because you are acting like she's a girl.

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Does this sound like men treating female soldiers like men?

Does this sound like English being English? What are you trying to say Shimazaki-san?

That's clearly what you do because you are acting like she's a girl.

Uh.... the plaintiff IS a girl. What are you talking about?

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