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  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • by スポンサードリンク


Sexual Assaults On Train Cars

 On April 14th, the Supreme Court overruled a guilty conviction of a man who had been accused of sexually assaulting a high school girl on a train car. I approve of the decision on the basis that the court was prudent in citing a lack of evidence.

 The man is a professor at the Defense Academy, but has been suspended since the prosecution. There was no objective evidence that he had committed a sexual assault. Nonetheless, the initial court and the appellate court sentenced him to one year and ten months in prison based on the girl's testimony. Even though he was found not guilty, he has suffered humiliation and loss of reputation.

 Worst of all, there are con artists who exploit innocent men. Last year, a swindle couple was making an innocent man mark. The female accomplice falsely accused the man, and her male accomplice claimed to have seen the sexual assault. However, the woman was consume by guilt and turned herself in to the police. If she had not confessed, the mark would have been decided guilty.

 In most cases of sexual assaults on overcrowded train cars, there is no material evidence. The victim's testimony is the only evidence. Without any truly objective evidence, the judgment must be made carefully, sticking to the principle, “a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”.

 On the other hand, we should face the fact that sexual assaults are frequently committed on overcrowded train cars. In Tokyo, during the last year, 2,169 cases of sexual assaults were prosecuted, and 1,565 cases of them were committed on train cars. And, of course, false accusation occurs as well.

 In order to hinder sexual assaults, a train car for the exclusive use of women are common. Some insist that since there are train cars exclusively for women, there should be train cars exclusively for men in order to avert false accusations. I admit such separation would be effective.

 I propose the Metropolitan Police Board employ young and attractive ladies as undercover agents to counter sexual assaults. When they are touched, they should arrest the culprit on the spot.

 As mentioned above, sexual assaults are a serious problem not only for women but also for men. We should earnestly tackle it.


  • 2019.11.11 Monday
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  • 08:55
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  • by スポンサードリンク


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