|Yuka, right, and Democratic Party of Japan member Kumiko Hayashi, launch a support line for victims of domestic violence.|
With thanks to Yuka, Kumiko Hayashi, and all the other women working diligently to make safety and freedom for women in Japan, from men's violence and terrorism, more of a possibility. Just so you know, white men are known for flocking like demon birds to Japan and many other East and Southeast Asian nations to sexually abuse girls and women. And Japanese men have their own shameful history of sexually and physically abusing women too. My response is last in the list, as usual.
Before the article and comments at Japan Today, please see this, from Japan Times, dated Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. Please click on the title to link back.
By ALEX MARTINStaff writer
The government opened a hotline Tuesday for victims of domestic violence, with counseling staff available for consultations in Japanese and six other languages.
The Purple Dial — Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Telephone Counseling, hosted by the Cabinet Office's Gender Equality Bureau, will be receiving calls toll free until March 27. The number is 0120-941-826.
Phone calls from women are accepted around the clock, and men can use the service between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 11 p.m. on weekends.
Counseling in English, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, Tagalog and Thai is available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week.
A Cabinet Office representative said a recent poll indicated 10.8 percent of female respondents were victims of repeated physical or psychological abuse from their spouse, and that around 60 percent of such victims have never consulted others. The poll showed 7.3 percent of female respondents have been raped at least once in the past.
Next up, the article from Japan Today. You may click on the title to link back.
Thursday 10th February, 01:00 AM JST
TV personality Yuka, 30, this week attended a PR event in Akasaka to raise awareness for “Purple Dial,” a 24-hour support line for victims of domestic violence.
Joined by Democratic Party of Japan member Kumiko Hayashi, Yuka helped commemorate the establishment of the free consultation service by switching on the lights of what the organization dubbed the “Purple Tree.”
As the thousands of lights twinkled gently, Yuka said: “Domestic violence can take many forms, including being verbally abused or having your emails read. If you are a victim, I’m sure you feel like you’re suffering alone, but you’re not. You can call for help.”
The Purple Dial number is 0120 941 826. Free consultation is available until March 27.