Let’s set the scene: April 25th, 1992, Italy.
A 45-year-old driving instructor rapes an 18-year-old girl during a driving lesson. He threatens her with death if she dares to speak out. She tells her parents, and they help her press charges against the perpetrator. The perpetrator is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail but he appeals, the case makes it to the Italian Supreme Court, and the perpetrator is released.
The Judge ruled that “because the victim wore very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to an end, let’s not forget about the many voices that will go unheard for years as they wrestle with flashbacks and traumatic experiences beyond their comprehension. Understand that silence in part, can be due to the emotional complexity tied to having known the perpetrator.
Today, we would like thank all the professors and administrators at TUJ who have contributed works to us, and have supported our efforts in making the institution a better place.
To all of the students who have contributed to UPRIZINE during their journey in Japan: Linh, Sarah, Alice, Betsy.
To Shiori Ito and the brave women who have chosen to use their voices to speak out, especially for those who cannot do so themselves.
To the anonymous writers who have shared their stories with us.
To you for reading. Here is a digital copy, of the first printed version of UPRIZINE.