Rina Gonoi, Former member of the Ground Self-Defense Forces
10:00-11:00 Wednesday, December 13, 2023
(The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation)
Reaction to verdict in alleged sexual assault by Self-Defense Forces personnel
The verdict in the alleged sexual assault of then Self-Defense Forces member Rina Gonoi by three former colleagues will be handed down by the Fukushima District Court on December 12. She alleges that the three men forced themselves upon her and assaulted her. The accused have denied the allegations but were dishonorably discharged from the Self-Defense Forces. Gonoi has also since left the SDF. Her case prompted a Defense Ministry inquiry last year that found more than 1,400 cases of sexual and other forms of harassment. Gonoi was named one of 100 Women for 2023 by the BBC for speaking out about abuse.
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