A bunch of activists towards sexual violence on Tuesday introduced a petition with greater than 136,000 signatures to the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Occasion to protest feedback by a lawmaker claiming girls typically lie about being victims of intercourse crimes.
However the LDP refused to just accept the petition submitted by organizers of the Flower Demo motion in protest over the feedback by Mio Sugita, a member of the LDP within the Home of Representatives.
Sugita advised a celebration assembly late final month masking a authorities help program for sexual violence survivors that “girls are in a position to inform lies as a lot as they need.”
After bringing the petition, the group held a rally in entrance of the LDP headquarters, claiming the occasion additionally has a accountability within the matter for having backed Sugita as a candidate within the final election.
Holding flowers and banners, the roughly 10 contributors within the rally claimed sexual violence victims have been “damage” by Sugita’s suggestion that girls lie about such claims. Minori Kitahara, one of many Flower Demo organizers, mentioned she hopes the lawmaker will “really feel the load of (victims’) voices” expressed by the signatures.
“Her assertion has resulted within the ‘second rape’ of victims of sexual violence and constitutes sexual discrimination. It is usually thought of hate speech that might hamper efforts to get rid of sexual violence,” the Flower Demo organizers mentioned in a protest assertion.
“It isn’t the case that victims are unable to talk out, however our society has been unwilling to hearken to them,” they mentioned.
The LDP issued Sugita a verbal warning with no penalties 5 days after the Sept. 25 occasion assembly at which she questioned the veracity of statements by sexual violence survivors.
Having initially denied making the remark in query, Sugita wrote an ostensible apology on her weblog on Oct. 1.
“I’m sorry for offending folks by giving an impression that solely girls lie when mendacity will not be restricted to 1 gender,” she wrote, drawing additional assaults from critics who mentioned her apology was hole.
In the meantime, LDP Secretary Basic Toshihiro Nikai advised a information convention Tuesday: “We are going to urge (Sugita) to reply accordingly as a result of as many as 130,000 signatures have been collected” to protest at her remarks.
Sugita, who has been elected to the Decrease Home twice beneath the proportional illustration system, has declined to step down as a lawmaker.
The Flower Demo motion was launched in April 2019 by feminist activists corresponding to Kitahara to protest towards a sequence of acquittals of defendants in high-profile intercourse crime instances and search modifications to the legislation on sexual violence.
In 2017, the Food plan revised the nation’s archaic legislation on sexual violence for the primary time in additional than a century, together with imposing heavier punishment on offenders, broadening the definition of sexual assaults in addition to recognizing male victims.
The federal government mentioned on the time that it will “contemplate” additional revisions in 2020, that are but to materialize.
A 2017 Cupboard Workplace survey confirmed one in each 20 folks in Japan was coerced into participating in sexual activity, with the speed at 7.8 p.c for ladies and 1.5 p.c for males. A complete of 56.1 p.c of victims advised nobody about it.