Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Australian rape victim to be paid $30k by Japan

Japan will pay compensation of $30,000 to an Australian woman who was raped in 2002 by a US sailor who never faced prosecution.

The woman known as "Jane" was raped by a then sailor of the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier in the naval port city of Yokosuka, south of Tokyo.

Japanese prosecutors dropped the case without pressing a criminal charge against the sailor.

The victim filed a civil case with the Tokyo District Court, which recognised the rape and gave her the right to seek compensation from her attacker.

However, by the time of the ruling, the sailor had left the country and the money has never been paid.

The Japanese defence ministry has decided to make the payment instead.

Tags: law-crime-and-justice, sexual-offences, australia, japa

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