I was gang raped, yet my rapist was unconvicted.

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文屋 恵理
Oct 20, 2020
Being Japanese I feel ashamed.
It is a shame of Japanese judiciary.

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“The best way for us to cultivate fearlessness in our daughters and other young women is by example. If they see their mothers and other women in their lives going forward despite fear, they'll know it's possible.”
Gloria Steinem, writer and activist

“I’ve never met a woman who is not strong, but sometimes they don’t let it out. Then there’s a tragedy, and then all of a sudden that strength comes. My message is let the strength come out before the tragedy.”
Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer

“The solution to women’s issues can only be achieved in a free and democratic society in which human energy is liberated, the energy of both women and men together. Our civilization is called human civilization and is not attributed only to men or women.”
Anita Kanitz

“Every woman knows what I'm talking about. It’s the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men’s unsupported overconfidence.”
― Rebecca Solnit

Misogyny and sexual violence, U.K., 2018:

Catcalling: Women write in chalk to stop street harassment!
"You better learn to answer a man when he speaks to you!"

It's a rainy afternoon in east London and two women are writing these words on a pavement in coloured chalk.

The words are a catcall - shouted by a stranger to a woman walking down a street in London.

The trend of writing out catcalls started in New York and now it's spreading to other cities around the world.

The woman who started the idea says she wants to stop "street harassment".Sophie Sandberg and Farah Benis met on social media after Sophie started the catcallsofnyc Instagram account.

Farah was inspired, and started a similar account based in London.

Newsbeat was there when they met in person in Victoria Park in east London.
'It's not a compliment'

"When I first came across Sophie's account it really resonated with me." Farah told Newsbeat.

She says she wants to try to raise awareness about sexual harassment on the streets.
"I saw there wasn't a London version of it, and I wanted to get involved. It's a massive issue and I thought highlighting it is one way to make it stop."

She adds: "A lot of the time when people say these things there is a sense of entitlement that you have to stop. People feel they're entitled to your time."

Farah says she has been shocked about how many 12 and 13-year-olds have contacted her about catcalls.'I was forced to see myself as a sexual object'

Women like Olivia, 21, who lives in New York - have contacted Sophie to share their experiences.

She says she was 11-years-old and on her way to school when a man shouted: "Hey sexy".

"It felt really gross and even though it was in broad daylight it made me feel really unsafe.

"One second I was being a child and the next I was being forced to see myself as a sexual object."

Women in other cities including Paris, Amsterdam, Montreal, Philadelphia and Fez in Morocco are also writing out catcalls.
'I feel uncomfortable'

Ambrien, 16, started catcalls of Amsterdam.

She says when she was 12 she noticed she was getting more attention from men.

"At first it was just looks and whistling and I didn't think it was a problem, but then I spoke to my sister about it.

"Some people like the attention, which is fine, but I feel uncomfortable. I am not a sexual object," Ambrien adds.

She hopes to expand the account and go to other cities in the Netherlands to write out catcalls.

"I think people aren't talking about it enough in Amsterdam and girls who are 12 or 13 shouldn't be getting unwanted attention from older men."
Some would argue that catcalls are meant as compliments. Farah has an answer for that.

"I've had a lot of people talk to me about the fact that you should be grateful for the attention and it's a compliment, so what's the problem?" she says.

"It's not a compliment to me and I should not have to give my time to you."
As Farah and Sophie talk, a man passing by spots the chalk on the pavement. He thinks it will help to get people talking.

"I have never been catcalled, but my friends have been and it isn't very nice," he says.

"It's not enough that only women are talking about this, I think men need to talk about it too and men should hold their friends and themselves accountable."

Sophie says she has had positive and negative reactions from men.

"Men have said to me: 'This is a good cause, I can't believe men would say that and I didn't know this was happening.'"

She says she's had negative comments too.

"I've had men say: 'Why can't you just take the compliment? This isn't a big deal, move on and get on with your life.'"
The street should be off-limits'

Sophie and Farah say that now there are other places where men can approach women and there's no need to engage them on the street.

Sophie says: "I find a lot of men that will talk to me have trouble knowing where the line is drawn. When it's harassment and a compliment, or flirting.

"The street isn't the right place. There are bars, dating apps and so many other ways to flirt and court and I think the street should be off-limits."

Femicide, misogyny, stalking, sexual violence, rape culture, hate speech is everywhere:

Horrible rape and murder cases worldwide:

The most horribe rape and murder case in history:

Junko Furuta, Japan, (1988):

In the hands of hearthless evils:
Furuta was a 17-year-old Japanese girl whose case became known as the “concrete-encased high school girl murder case.” Furuta was kidnapped by four teenage boys and, aside from the brutality of the assaults against her, the most disturbing thing is that she was held at one of the kidnapper’s houses and his parents were present the entire time, knew what was going on, and did nothing to stop it.
Also extremely disturbing is that Furuta turned 17 while she was in captivity and enduring these horrors. There’s something tremendously upsetting about that.
To avoid concern over her abduction, the perpetrators forced Furuta to call her parents and tell them that she would be staying at a friend’s house for a while. Over the course of her confinement, Furuta was repeatedly raped, beaten, and tortured by her four captors until they killed her. The parents of Kamisaku were present in the home for at least a part of the time that Furuta was held captive, and though she pleaded with them for help, they did not intervene, later claiming that they feared their son too much to do so.
Furuta was held captive in the Minato residence for forty days, where she was abused, raped and tortured. They also invited and encouraged their other friends from Yakuza, to torment Furuta. According to their trial statements, the four of them: Raped her over 400 times.
• Beat her several times.
• Starved her.
• Hanged her body from the ceiling and used her as a "punching bag"
• Dropped barbells onto her stomach several times.
• Forced her to eat live cockroaches and drink her own urine.
• Forced her to masturbate in front of them.
• Inserted foreign objects into her vagina and anus.
• Shoved a still-lit light bulb into her vagina.
• Set fireworks into her anus, vagina, mouth and ears.
• Burnt her vagina and clitoris with cigarettes and lighters.
• Burnt her eyelids with hot wax and lighters
• Tore off her left nipple with pliers.
• Pierced her breasts with sewing needles.

The killers hid her corpse in a 208-litre oil drum filled with concrete. They disposed of the drum in a tract of reclaimed land in Kōtō, Tokyo.
All of them were getting low penalties, because they were juveniles. My opinion is, every one of these heartless devils need the death penalty! But there is no justice on earth for rape and murder victims, because we are living in patriarchy!

Ajmer Rape Case (1992), India:

It was a brutal and inhuman case of coerced sexual exploitation in Ajmer, Rajasthan. A gang raped over 100 of school girls. They clicked their naked photos to further exploit them. After being raped, depressed victims committed suicide.
Jalgaon Rape Case (1993), India:
It is one of the prime cases of human trafficking in Maharashtra. Near about 500 innocent girls and women were raped and sold off and most of them were school girls.

The (1993) Houston gangrapes, U.S.:

On the last night of their lives in 1993, 16-year-old Elizabeth Pena and 14-year-old Jennifer Ertman had taken a short cut through a railroad bridge in an attempt to make it home before their 11:30 curfew. But they never did.
Pena and Ertman were grabbed by a gang named the Black and Whites on the railroad bridge, and raped for the next one hour. All the six rapists in the gang were teenagers, the youngest Vinnie Medellin, being just 14.
As per the medical examiner, Pena's two front teeth had been knocked out, while two of Ertman's ribs were broken after she had died. The testimony also showed that their necks were stomped upon after they were strangled to death to ensure that "they were really dead."

Murder of Kelly Anne Bates, (1996), U.K.:

Kelly Anne Bates (18 May 1978 – 16 April 1996) was a British teenager who was murdered in Manchester on 16 April 1996 when aged 17 She was tortured, abused, raped, mutilated over a period of four weeks, including having her eyes gouged from their sockets up to three weeks before her death, by her partner James Patterson Smith (born c. 1948) before being drowned in a bathtub.
The murder inquiry was headed by Detective Sergeant Joseph Monaghan of Greater Manchester Police, who said: "I have been in the police force for 15 years and have never seen a case as horrific as this." William Lawler, the pathologist who examined Bates' body, described her injuries as "the worst he had seen on a murder victim" Smith, a misogynist with a history of violence and torture against former sexual partners, denied murdering Bates but was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment on 19 November 1997.

The gruesome rape and murder case, Karine Schaaff, France, (2001)

Sunday, July 22, 2001, not far from the northern French town of Bitche. The bike of 16-year-old Karine Schaaff is found abandoned on the roadside. What exactly happened?
Ten days later the police discoverd her corpse a few miles away in the forest. On the bike are white traces of paint and on the road skid marks and parts of a car flashing light. The evidence leads to the trail of a respectable family father, Stéphane Krauth, 28 years old.
In the course of the investigation it turned out that he pursued Karine Schaaff by car and deliberately hit the road. He hit her and stunned her with tear gas. The injured by the head girl was kidnapped by him in a nearby forest, there mistreated and raped and then burned. The cruel crime shocked all France.
Her mother has left her child's room as it was because she can not bear that her cruelly murdered child will not return.
Karine Schaaff was a diligent student and a decent happy girl. She had good grades and wanted to become an architect. This dream was destroyed by a male heartless monster.

Jessica Lunsford Case. (2005), U.S.:

On February 24, 2005 in Homosassa, Florida, a 9 year old girl went missing from her house. Her name was Jessica Lunsford. She was abducted from her home, raped not once but twice and killed by 46 years old John Couey. In his confession, Couey said that he raped Lunsford in his bedroom twice. Then he put her in his closet and ordered her to remain silent.
Three days after her abduction, Couey tricked Jessica into getting into a garbage bag, and buried her alive. On August 24, 2007, Couey was sentenced to death, after carrying three consecutive life sentences. However, on September 30, 2009, before the sentences could be carried out he died of natural causes.

The murder of Oksana Makar,(2012), Ukraine:

Oksana Makar was a few months away from her 19th birthday when she was gangraped by three men in Mykolaiv, Ukraine in March, 2012.
However, Makar's agony did not end there. Her assailants attempted to strangle her after the rape, and later moved her to a deserted construction site, where she was set on fire alive. Makar, after burning for hours, was discovered the next morning, still breathing. Two weeks later, she succumbed to her injuries from the burn and smoke inhalation. As per reports, since unmarried, she was buried in a wedding dress.

Delhi Gang Rape and Murder Case (2012), gang rape, torture and murder of Jyoti Singh, India:

16 December 2012 is the darkest day in the history of India. Delhi Gang rape and murder case was one of the most brutal cases not only in India but in the world (Delhi Bus Gang Rape Victim Has Intestines Removed As Shocking Details Of Assault Emerge). She was beaten, gang raped, tortured, mutilated. All the six convicted people were arrested and one of them Ram Singh committed suicide in a trial period in jail. Four of them were sentenced to hanging, but still alive until now and the young boy, the most sadistic rapist (he had mutilated the victim to death) under 18 was sent to a juvenile home for only three years.

Rape and murder of Anene Booysen (2013), South Africa:

Anene Booysen (October 30, 1995 – February 2, 2013) was a 17-year-old girl who was found by a security guard the morning after she had been gang-raped and disemboweled by having her abdomen slit open at a construction site in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape, South Africa on February 2, 2013; she was still alive, but died later in the day. Anene Booysen was found by a security guard lying a short distance from her house after spending time at a bar on the evening of February 2, 2013. She died from her injuries in hospital six hours later. She managed to identify one of her attackers before her death.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma condemned the attack as "shocking, cruel and most inhumane". The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South Africa's biggest labour union, called for mass action over rape in South Africa. Opposition parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko called for parliamentary hearings. The United Nations issued a statement strongly condemning the rape and murder. On 13 February, a protest, led by Annie Lennox, was staged at St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town.
Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp, both young South African women killed in 2013, were named SA Persons of the year 2013 by the Daily Maverick.

Rohtak Gang Rape (2015), India:
This was the worst case of rape as a woman’s naked, half-eaten body was found in Haryana’s Rohtak, with sticks and stones inserted in her. The 28-year-old woman’s body was found gnawed at by animals and with key organs missing, two arms and the left side of the body was gone. The police said sticks, stones and condoms were stuffed into her private parts. All the arrested men are from one village nine km from Rohtak.

Jisha Rape and Murder Case (2016), India:

The 30-year-old Indian woman was found by her mother. Her body had at least 30 stab wounds. Parts of her intestines had been removed using something sharp and she had a serious head injury. Later in a postmortem report, it was revealed that she was strangled, tortured and sexually assaulted before she died.