My Duty to Speak


“Every four hours a sexual assault or rape is reported in the United States Military. In 2009 alone there been 3230 reported cases of sexual abuse among our service men and women. According to experts from the Department of Defense, the Military Rape Crisis Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs many more rape cases go unreported or are under reported. Read the stories of the brave individuals as they speak about service to their country, being assaulted and their journey to heal.”

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Rape in the US Military: America’s Dirty Little Secret, December 9, 2011


Betsy’s Story: A Survivor Speaks Out

In an interview given to the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (UK), in April 2010, Betsy Kawamura talked about her experiences and activism.

Q: How did you first get involved in the field of women’s rights, and preventing violence against women and children and what caused you to take it up and devote yourself to it?.

Whilst in Japan in the late 1990’s I met some journalists and activists working in human rights, namely with trafficked/tortured persons from North Korea. In Tokyo I attended the second annual conference on North Korea human rights issues that invited witnesses/survivors of such atrocities, complete with raw drawings of children depicting their lives in the gulags.

The depiction of torture in the children’s drawings and testimonies of the women triggered in me such a powerful and overwhelming response that I was not able to return completely to the corporate world. As I researched further the plight of women and children fleeing North Korea, I understood that the vast majority tragically became victims of human trafficking.

To read the full interview with Betsy Kawamura on the IANSA web site, click here.

The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) is a global movement focused on the connections between gender, women’s rights, small arms and armed violence.

To learn more about IANSA, click here.


Jane’s Story: Crime without punishment in Japan
Dec 10th 2008

This story is of no material importance to Japan. It is the story of Jane. And it is a story of a very small, dark sliver of 20th century geopolitics that festers still.

Jane is an attractive, blonde 40-something Australian, resident for many years in Japan and a mother of three boys. She is also the victim of a rape. Jane is not her real name.

She is actually the victim of two violations. The physical one was committed on April 6th 2002 near the American naval base at Yokosuka by Bloke T. Deans, an American serviceman. He violently raped her in her car.

To read the full story at The Economist click the link below.

Asia.view: Jane’s story | The Economist.

“Make Me Proud”, is a documentary film about an Australian woman, known to the public as “Jane”, who was brutally raped in 2002 by a U.S.military serviceman. This is about her journey and the lives of other rape victims and survivors and their heart-rending stories.



Japan Pays Australian Rape Victim $30,000 as US Sailor Walks Free  The Sydney Morning Herald,  May 20, 2008

Australian Rape Victim to Unveil Identity After US Serviceman Faces Court, by “Jane”  Press Conference, March 9, 2012