- I know it -
This is the percentage of women in Japan who report to the police when they have been forced to have sex against their will.
Rape is also known as "soul murder".
This is because it crushes the self-respect of the survivor, plunging them into self-hate, and taking away the ability to trust others.
"It was my fault for not giving a clear no."
"I should've resisted more."
"Nobody will believe me."
Believe - I know it - campaign was launched with the desire to let more people know that there will always be someone who believes you.
The sex crime laws in Japan have not been changed substantially for over 100 years, since the Meiji Period.
This is the period when women were treated as property, without the right to vote, and only a handful of wealthy men could participate in politics.
There are countless shortcomings with the current sex crime laws: how it requires survivors to have proof that they resisted so much as to sustain injury; how it does not even include the concept of 'consent'. Suppose you were raped whilst out at a pub with your friends - the mere fact that you had drinks may be judged by the court to have "consented to sex".
In addition to exacerbating social stigma and ignorance such as second rape, the law itself denies any possibility of survivors living positively.
These laws also aggravate other forms of sexual violence such as groping and sexual harassment, as well as fuelling insufficient crackdown by the authorities.
We want to change this status quo.
We believe you.
We know that your experience is real.
Join us in shaping a world where sexual assault survivors can live positively.