Marine accused of raping 14 year old girl

A US marine has been accused of raping a 14 year old girl while stationed in Okinawa, where years earlier American servicemen were found guilty of raping another school girl. Read the rest of this story on the CNN web site.

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About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • JonBoy

    What is it about Japan that entices our armed forces so? It seems like every time there is an accusation of rape or assault, it comes from somewhere in the Far East.

  • JonBoy

    What is it about Japan that entices our armed forces so? It seems like every time there is an accusation of rape or assault, it comes from somewhere in the Far East.

  • Debby

    Well, we’ve had cases of rape in Japan, Iraq, and in the US (among other places). Some people blame it on the rape culture of the US – though certainly military-related rape occurs among troops worlwide (not just Americans). Others blame it on a military culture of violence and rape. When it comes to Japan, one doesn’t have to look that far back in history to see evidence of “comfort women” being supplied to both Japanese troops and American troops – women who only recently were compensated for their years spent in forced prostitution to troops.

    When we learn to value women – and men – when we learn to value each other’s humanity, and to see the worth in dignity in every single person (regardless of whether they are rich or “connected” or can do something for you), then I think we will be getting somewhere in this world.

  • Debby

    Well, we’ve had cases of rape in Japan, Iraq, and in the US (among other places). Some people blame it on the rape culture of the US – though certainly military-related rape occurs among troops worlwide (not just Americans). Others blame it on a military culture of violence and rape. When it comes to Japan, one doesn’t have to look that far back in history to see evidence of “comfort women” being supplied to both Japanese troops and American troops – women who only recently were compensated for their years spent in forced prostitution to troops.

    When we learn to value women – and men – when we learn to value each other’s humanity, and to see the worth in dignity in every single person (regardless of whether they are rich or “connected” or can do something for you), then I think we will be getting somewhere in this world.