An unfortunate and all-too-common reality for people around the globe is assault. Regardless of the form it takes, it has lasting repercussions for its victims, often causing them to doubt the validity of what they have experienced and affecting their relationships long into the future.
Thanks to the #MeToo movement, many people have found the courage to speak up about the abuse they have suffered, and, perhaps more importantly, recognize it for what it is - something which has led to the widespread condemnation of this unacceptable behavior.
However, there are people who are still struggling to have their voices heard, including members of the LGBTQ+ community and, as has recently emerged, Japanese women, who have been systematically conditioned into accepting sexual abuse as part of their day-to-day lives.
Japanese journalist Shiori Ito explains the abhorrent treatment she received when she reported her abuser:
Japan has one of the lowest rates of sexual assault on the planet. To the uninformed, this could suggest that it is not a problem, but it is simply a reflection of a culture of silence where 27% of people believe that accepting a drink from someone equates to sexual consent.
Unlike in most other parts of the world, rape is a standard genre of mainstream Japanese pornography, and this has had the disturbing effect of causing some Japanese women to mimic the actions of being raped in an attempt to please their partners sexually.
The law in Japan is inherently against victims of sexual abuse too. For a predator to be charged, their victim must be able to prove that "violence and intimidation" was used to coerce them into the act, which is almost impossible to do.
This was reflected by the abuse 28-year-old Shiori Ito received when she reported the man who had raped her. She was accused of lying, and because the man who raped her worked in the same profession as her (journalism), she was accused of trying to create a publicity stunt.