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Aug 29, 2012

Focus:Human Rights
Action Request:Petition
Location:United States

JUSTICE FOR U.S. MILITARY RAPE

In 2002, Australian Catherine “Jane” Fisher was forced into the back of a van and brutally raped, but because her attacker was a US navy sailor stationed in Yokosuka, he's still not been brought to justice -- he even left Japan with an “honorable discharge." But in the next two weeks, we can turn the tide on US military impunity in Japan.

There have been thousands of Japanese victims of crimes perpetrated by US military stationed here, but because our government prosecutes so few of them -- roughly 13% by some estimates -- many suffer in silence. Jane's brave decision to doggedly pursue her attacker, first in Japanese court and now in the US, has been an inspiration. In two weeks, she may finally get justice, but her case only begs the question of why our system lets so many US military perpetrators go free. If we make sure the Japanese media cover her precedent-setting case, we can shine a light on our government's decades-long decision to look the other way at crimes committed by US military in Japan.

Jane has had to fight a painful and lonely battle for justice. After first getting a Tokyo court to order her absent rapist to pay ¥3 million in damages, she's had to chase her attacker into US court to enforce that judgment. That case will be heard in two weeks and, If she wins, it will set a precedent and become the first Japanese rape ruling to be enforced in the US.

Jane is not alone -- in 1995, the gang rape of a 12-year old Okinawan girl by three US servicemen sparked massive protests across the country. In 2006, a 56-year old Yokosuka woman was beaten to death by a 22-year old marine. Only when a massive media uproar threatened to strain diplomatic ties between the two countries, did it force our government or the US military to act. From 1952 to 2004, there were roughly 200,000 accidents and crimes involving US troops -- most of these cases were never prosecuted. Some have speculated that there may even be a secret agreement between the US and Japan to blame for this.

We have a broken system that has allowed thousands of criminals to walk free. But with Jane’s case going to the US courts, we have a new-found momentum to correct this grave injustice. Sign the petition now and forward to others:


Only by sounding a massive alarm against US military impunity can we start righting the wrong committed by US forces on Japanese soil. Let’s stand together with Jane now and deliver a victory for her and all victims of US military crimes in Japan and beyond.  Let’s stand with Jane and call on our government to launch an investigation into US military impunity in Japan.

Sign the urgent petition and forward widely -- when we reach 30,000 signatures, together with Jane we’ll deliver the petition to the Foreign Ministry and the Japanese press.

With hope,

Jamie, Michi, Kya, Ricken, Diego, Wen-hua, Emma, Alaphia and the rest of the Avaaz team


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Posted: Wednesday August 29, 2012, 6:13 am
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