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When a woman comes forward about being sexually assaulted or harassed by a now-famous man a long time ago, how do you know whether to believe her or not? How should the media report such cases?

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We believe women who report sexual assault because generally speaking, women don't lie about these crimes.

As the adage goes, believe, and then investigate - just as would happen with any crime. Why are we singling out sex crimes against women as somehow different and deserving of more scrutiny? This question in and of itself is misogynistic. And by the way - happy International Women's Day.

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Because someone who speaks out about being a victim of sexual assault does not benefit from it at all, except for seeing justice done.

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These brave women come forward and relive the trauma of their experience, knowing they will be vilified and targeted by angry conservatives, online incels and an intrusive press.

I commend all who come forward, it cannot be easy.

For some it can be, of course, cathartic. Excorcising those demons which they have internalized. Horrors which have caused depression/addiction/abusive relationships/suicidal feelings.

And for some, it's too late.

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How should the media report such cases?

Stop "The faster publicity the better (more profitable) attitude. Media tend to rush reporting at time of allegation without cross-checking info. Disinterested, they then follow up little even when the case are officially charged or given a verdict at court. Worse, some media outlets hardly admit and correct their earlier false reports.

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Victims can be afforded ‘steps toward justice’ by thorough investigators always taking the claimant’s story at ‘face value’. In contrast, the alleged assailants are afforded their right to ‘due process’. The media and ‘journalists’ should make considerable consideration for the privacy and safety the victims. They should also be accountable with a ‘Standard of Professional Ethics’ when ‘reporting’ the allegations.

While we’re all here in ‘*Voices In Japan’: **Good Morning, World!** It’s International Women’s Day. Women are Speaking Out**” in the last 24 hours in the ‘Crime’ section. There are numerous categories on this media site but none *are specifically devoted for “Women Speaking Out”. We’re proposing to the publishers to establish a new section as an open forum to address diverse issues affecting Women in Japan.

By no means, would this new section marginalize women’s issues but could create and foster an ‘open forum’ to openly discuss relevant causes and current, topical issues.

It would be a significant, ethical and substantial public service by JT and GPlusMedia.  This would give parties, like government, politicians, interested readers and other media, an immediate and direct link to valued feedback.

In the interest of progress for All women, if one section can specifically devoted to ‘Tokyo Olympics 2020’, surely, one section can devoted specifically to “Women’s Issues”.  

After all, Today is Monday, March 8, 2021, International Women's Day” 

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Victims can be afforded ‘steps toward justice’ by thorough investigators always taking the claimant’s story at ‘face value’. In contrast, the alleged assailants are afforded their right to ‘due process’.

The media and ‘journalists’ should always make considerable consideration for the privacy and safety the victims. They should also be accountable with a ‘Standard of Professional Ethics’ when ‘reporting’ the allegations.

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Coincidentally, if you are in Japan and have to consult someone about such a situation,

there is “Yorisoi Hotline set up in Mar 2012 as a free 24-hour women’s-only phone consultation service to help with any problems...” reported in the ‘Crime’ section today.

An simple, internet search disclosed, according to their site, it is a “free, privacy-protected consultation service that is also available in foreign languages and for foreign people.

The website lists tele. number **0120-279-338***. *And, there are three different mediums of taking consultation: 1. Free telephone consultation 2. Facebook consultation 3. From now onward through chat.

*Monday 10:00 – 22:00, Tuesday 16:00 – 22:00, Wednesday 10:00 – 16:00, Thursday 10:00 – 22:00, Friday 10:00 – 16:00, Saturday 16:00 – 22:00, Sunday 16:00 – 22:00” *

*Can’t guarantee info is current. It says “make sure to read until the end*”.

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The US and other common law countries have hundreds year old laws on evidence that have been revised over time to take into account new ways to collect evidence and understanding of human psychology. I would think that there is no reason to change such robust laws of evidence for any particular kind of crime. Therefore, the media should not treat any such sexual assault claims differently. A good journalist would look to the evidence presented, conduct its due diligence and then publish a story that it believes to be true.

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how do you know whether to believe her or not?

You don't. But, claims of sexual assualt should be treated as credible, and not nullified. Too often in history, such claims have been shut down with 'but so-and-so is a good person, they wouldn't do that' or 'what did you do to make them do that'. Shutting down accusations outright without investigation is a travesty.

If a claim is made, it should be treated as valid. That doesn't equate to believing it as truth. Doing so is just flips the travesty in the other direction, by making the accused a criminal based only off the accusation.

Justice is treating accusations as valid, investigating, and then either shutting them down for lack of evidence, or a judgement based on the available evidence. Unfortunately, in the real world, this means sometimes such crimes will go unpunished through a lack of evidence, through achieving a balance which minimizes the number of innocents wrongly punished. The real world isn't perfect, and anyone expecting it to be is an absolutist (aka extremist) who is willing to sacrifice others for the sake of their agenda.

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The question is the reason most offenses have a statute of limitations. As time passes the reliability of witnesses and evidence diminishes. Sometimes witnesses die. Old accusations are much harder to prove to a degree sufficient to obtain a conviction in a court of law, and the benefit to society as a whole obtained from punishing crimes diminishes as the time between the alleged crime and it's eventual prosecution increase. A statute of limitations acknowledges that most crimes are not reliably prosecuted and not worth the time and effort spent after a certain amount of time has elapsed since the alleged crime occurred.

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Stop allowing the media to prosecute cases.

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Stop allowing the media to prosecute cases.

So, you suggest what? Laws to stop the media from reporting on cases? Something else?

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"So, you suggest what? Laws to stop the media from reporting on cases? Something else?"

Reporting is not prosecuting.

Reporting is presenting known facts such as who, what, when, where, why, and how. Also the fact one has been accused and not nfound guilty in a court of law yet.

Prosecuting is painting an accused as guilty before all known facts have been determined. You know, just like the media has done since tabloid journalism became the norm since the 1970s when all reporters held Hunter S. Thompson as the gold standard instead of Woodward and Berstein.

Hope that clears up your confusion with my statement.

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Reporting is presenting known facts such as who, what, when, where, why, and how. Also the fact one has been accused and not nfound guilty in a court of law yet.

Which is what they do. Yet you are claiming they are prosecuting it in the media. It seems even you aren't sure what you are talking about.

Hope that clears up your confusion with my statement.

Not at all. It seems you threw a random generalized accusation at "the media", that doesn't contain any substance or even examples of this so-called egregious behavior.

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Sorry, but @kyushubill 10:25a, do you have these 2 intentionally reversed?? (Maybe it was unintentional.)

10:25am -”Reporting (???) is presenting known facts such as who, what, when, where, why, and how.”

and,

Prosecuting (???) is painting an accused as guilty before all known facts have been determined.“
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Also, please go back ‘a little further @kyushibill: On a grander scale, just a hundred years ago, William Randolph Hearst was Pulitzer’s rival and was formulating his form of ‘creative publishing’. Like many current websites and social media, present company included, it was ‘sensationalistic’ but never really ‘journalism’. - Because of his immense power and wealth, *Women, and men, were afraid to speak out against him, as well*

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It's not up to us, the media or the general public to believe or not because cannot possibly know. (Unless it's blatantly obvious like having been caught on CCTV, etc.)

That's up to the justice system.

So until it's judged in a court of law it should be reported and spoken of as an allegation.

I feel really sorry for many women because often it's a 'he said she said' situation where they were the only two people there and it's difficult to prove that consent was not given. The courts will not convict without solid evidence.

I suggest the following.

Give abundantly clear education to all high school kids (and everyone else) about the issue of consent.

Warn of the severe punishments for sexual crimes. (Clearly describe prison life). Message being, if you offend you'll pay big time.

Warn of the dangers of losing control and getting into dangerous situations due to overdrinking.

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StrangerlandToday 10:42 am JST: "Not at all. It seems you threw a random generalized accusation at "the media", that doesn't contain any substance or even examples of this so-called egregious behavior."

Ok here are three.

NY Times, Oct. 10, 1997

"Mike Tyson, the famed boxer, has been put in custody for raping 24 year old Laticia Cowell."

Notice, not accused of rape, but FOR RAPING. Tyson sued for defamation after Cowell admitted to lying to the LAPD. Tyson won the suit.

Huffinton Post, March 15, 2006

"Crystal Mangum, a student of North Carolina University, has had 5 members of the Duke Lacrosse team arrested for brutally gang raping her."

Again not accusing, but GANG RAPING her. Again they filed a defamation suit and won. Arriana Huffington had to sell Hufpost to cover the damages.

BBC News Sept. 30, 2019

"Amari Allen, an African American student at Immanuel Christian Academy, had four White male classmates hold her down and cut her hair while calling her racial insults and fondling her."

Again, not accused of, but jump right to the guilt. Allen admitted to lying. The parents of the boys have filed suit in Crown Court London for defamation of minors, insult of character, and putting the future of a monor at risk. BBC plans to settle all 4 suits.

I refuse to respect people who lie to me, especially as a Black man. I know where these false guiltty until proven innocent charges can lead.

But yazzir Massa Strangerland I be good from now on yezzir I will love the media from now on.

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Still waiting on your answer @kyushubill 10:25a DID you have these 2 intentionally reversed for a reason? (Maybe it was unintentional.)

”Reporting (???) is presenting known facts such as who, what, when, where, why, and how.”

Prosecuting (???) is painting an accused as guilty before all known facts have been determined.“

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snowymountain,

Good question/point. Sorry to make you wait.

No I am doing anything intentional. That is my argument about the media.

Rule #1 in journalism: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.

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How should the media report such cases? After they've been settled in court, or out of court, if the conditions allow. It's not anyone's business other than those involved, unless one of them has a position of public trust or is paid with tax money.

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Evidence. Not so sensationally. And in many cases no taking sides.

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We believe women who report sexual assault because generally speaking, women don't lie about these crimes. 

Sorry to say this, but women do lie and have lied about sexual harassment. All women should be believed, but you have to always verify to make sure the allegations are true. In the old days, a lot of White women in the South would say that they were rapped by a Black man, and then the man would be hung, castrated, fingers cut off. So believe, but verify, always.

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Not at all. It seems you threw a random generalized accusation at "the media", that doesn't contain any substance or even examples of this so-called egregious behavior."

Um, three unsupported claims hardly proves "the media" guilty of what you say.

Seems lie a far-right agenda to me.

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Yes. Because women don't lie right? ?

You should tell that to Johnny Depp.

His ex-wife Amber accused him of physical violence, assault, abuse, she gives speech about being victim in front of feminist crowd. She destroyed his career!

Later we find out He was the real victim. Johnny was the victim!

We have her on audio confessing to being abusive, mean, physical with her husband, punching, throwing, everything you can think off.

If you don't know about the case, please look into it. Very interesting to hear this conversations back and forth. Shows who the victim is and who the abuser is.

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Accusations should be treated as credible, and followed up on with a non-biased investigation of the evidence.

It's a travesty that women who make an accusation are flat-out disbelieved by some people; that their accusations are immediately treated as non-credible and therefore not worthy of acknowledgement. Society as a whole suffers from the after-effects of both the violent act itself, and the disinterest of society in helping our members who have suffered the violence.

When the woman is believed absolutely, without a proper investigation of the evidence, this can happen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYH992ynhdU. This is the opposite travesty, and society as a whole suffers from a lack of confidence in the police and law, not to mention the guys who have their life destroyed by false accusations.

We need to improve. The women in our societies need to feel the freedom to exist, through the backing of the law to support them and their safety. Right now, that is often not the case. But, in fixing this problem, we need to be careful not to create a new one to replace it, where a false accusation can ruin one's life, and confidence in the police and law.

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According to an independent 2020 survey of sexual assault victim in Japan,“*52% answered that they were unable to recognize the assault immediately after it happened**andrequired an average of seven years to acknowledge the abuse. Acknowledging the assault took eight or more years for 34.8% of respondents.” because of the social or power imbalance ad other factors over the victims. - Mainichi Shinbun..

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