October 7 2021
OSAKA – In many cases where people with disabilities are victims of sex crimes, the perpetrators are not prosecuted. However, a woman with a condition that prevents her from speaking to anyone other than her family members was able to testify orally about the damage she suffered by consolidating the interviews of the relevant agencies with the prosecutor, and a former company employee was prosecuted for indecent assault.
The verdict will be handed down at the Osaka District Court on October 7th.
A 19-year-old woman with mental disabilities living in Osaka Prefecture was accosted by an unknown man on a street in Osaka City in January this year and forcibly taken to a hotel where he touched her breasts.
According to the woman’s mother, she has a condition called “scene silence,” in which she can talk with her family but cannot talk with others outside the house.
It took more than four hours for the woman to verbally testify about the damage she suffered, which was a decisive factor in the indictment of Kanta Ogura, 40, a former company employee in Sakai City, Osaka, for indecent assault.
At his first trial in September, the defendant admitted what he was charged with and said, “I sometimes wondered if I couldn’t tell the police because I have a disability.”
In response to the prosecution’s request for a three-year sentence, the defense asked for a suspended sentence, and the verdict is scheduled to be handed down at 2:30 p.m on October 7th.
The woman’s mother said, “Even if he is punished severely, her daughter’s wounds will never be healed, but I hope that the world will become a place where there are no more people who cry over sexual assault.”