Sexual Health

Sexual harassment and violence

What is Harassment?


"Harassment" refers to words and actions that correspond to "harassment" and "bullying" in various situations. Anything that makes the other person uncomfortable, affects dignity, giving a bad influence or disadvantage, and those poses a threat is harassment. Regardless of whether the person intended to were hurt or not.
Sexual harassment can include:There are overlapping parts in each harassment, and several harassment may be received at the same time.
It is also common to think that the victims of sexual harassment are women, but there are also men who are victims. Any harassment regardless of gender is a serious violation of human rights.

Sexual harassment

Sexual dialogues or actions that cause the other party to feel uncomfortable and that the other party feels that their dignity has been violated.

Gender harassment

Harassment and biased speech and behavior from stereotypes and discriminatory people about sex.Sexual harassment includes those character and ability are evaluated solely for the reason of being female or male.

Maternity harassment

Harassment from supervisors and colleagues regarding pregnancy, childbirth, parental leave, nursing care leave, both from the workplace and other institutions. These leave of work are permitted by law, and maternity harassment is prohibited by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act and the Childcare and Nursing Leave Act.

Moral harassment

Moral harassment harms the personality and dignity of the other person. It can actually involve physical violence.Unlike power harassment, authority does not matter, it occurs between colleagues, classmates, subordinates to bosses, even between couples, parents and children, lovers, and friends.

Power harassment

To harass others by using their position or authority.These include threats, insults, violence, abuses, neglect, and inappropriate behavior, as well as coercion of sexual activity using their position at work.

Second harassment

To be blamed or further harassed by the person you are consulting for about an experienced harassment by colleagues or supervisors. Second harassment is also aimed at retaliation and concealment of damage caused by the words and behavior such as "Such a story is unbelievable" and "You also have a fault".

If you're subjected to sexual violence

It is desirable to treat and respond to the risk of trauma, pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases caused by sexual violence as soon as possible.
Common consultation desks nationwide include the "One-Stop Support Center for Victims of Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence", the "Sex Crime Damage Consultation Desk" of the police, and the SNS consultation "Cure Time".
You can consult with them regardless of age, gender, or sexuality.

One-stop support center for victims of sex crimes and violence
"Shortened phone number "♯8891 (Early One Stop)"
It is connected to a one-stop support center for victims of sex crimes and sexual violence in prefectures, and cooperates with specialized organizations such as obstetrics and gynecology medical care, counseling, and legal consultation. You can receive physical and mental treatment by doctors and receive emergency contraception anonymously even without a health insurance card.
In addition, you can receive investigation-related support, legal support (such as lawyers), and accompanying support to hospitals and police.

Police Sex Crime Damage Consultation Desk
"Shortened phone number "♯8103 (Mr. Hart)" (24 hours a day)
We will first prioritize the safety of victims, hospital visits, and injury treatment.
Even if you consult with the police, you can decide for yourself whether to submit a "damage report" or not.

SNS consultation "Cure Time" on sexual violence
Consultation is available through SNS from 17:00 to 21:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Regardless of age or gender, accepts anonymous consultations and can consult in foreign languages.

DV Consultation+
Phone number: 0120-279-889 (Tsunagu/ Ying)
Consultations can be made by phone, email, chat 24 hours a day, and consultation in foreign languages is also available.

If you are a victim to sexual violence, see a medical institution.

For women, consult a gynecologist. It is desirable to consult a doctor as soon as possible, and it is possible to avoid pregnancy with emergency contraceptives within 72 hours after the sexual act.
For men, it is desirable to receive trauma treatment such as surgery, urology, and for sexually transmitted diseases. If you feel that you do not know what to do alone, access the One-stop support center for victims of sex crimes and sexual violence, or the police's Sex crime damage consultation desk.

If you are a victim to sexual violence, see a medical institution. Points when consulting the police or hospital
In order to identify and charge the perpetrator, it is important to collect evidence (body hair, semen, saliva, etc.), so if possible, go to the police with the the same clothing, and do not go to the toilet or wash your body. If you change clothes, put them in a plastic bag without washing the clothes.
If you are worried about sleeping pills mixed in your drinks or foods, such as when you started feeling "drowsy or getting unconscious", it is advisable to bring the drink, food and the dishes you used.

When you were asked for help from a victim of sexual violence

The most important thing is to listen to the story of the person who asked for help without rejecting or denying the event. Avoid asking when, where, and so on, and lend an ear to listen.
Sexual violence is a crime and there is no fault with the victim, but since the victim often blames herself/himself, tell them "It is not your fault" and show that you are on their side.
It seems helpful to accompany the victim to medical institutions, consultation agencies or police right away but asking first and respecting the will of the person is important.

Examples of words that should not be said to the victim
"Are you sure?"
Why did you go to such a place?
Why didn't you run away?
"I wish you had told me earlier."
"You should forget it"
"I understand" "Good luck!"