Man given 10 years for sexually assaulting stepdaughter

Posted on March 10, 2012. Filed under: Abuse Neglect Death | Tags: , , , , , |

OKAYAMA — A 50-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Okayama District Court on March 7 for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter.

In the ruling, the presiding judge said, “It was utterly detestable behavior that stomped on the rights of the victim.”

According to the ruling, since 1994 the defendant committed repeated sexual molestations of the stepdaughter, who is now 29. The ruling says that in December of 2009, the defendant took advantage of the stepdaughter’s inability to resist due to psychological terror and twice committed sexual assaults on her.

“The defendant took advantage of the victim’s inability to resist caused by frequent abuse. The victim’s physical and mental pain was extreme,” said the presiding judge.

After the ruling, the victim spoke at a press conference, saying, “I want people who have experienced the same abuse to know there is a way to file claims.” After consulting with a man she was in a relationship with, the woman filed claims last year with the support of the private association Victim Support Center Okayama (VSCO).

A VSCO spokesperson said, “Many people cannot file claims over sexual abuse by family members. We hope this case will cause more people to step forward.”

準強姦:再婚相手の娘に性的虐待 男に懲役10年の判決

2012年3月7日 18時36分 更新:3月7日 22時8分

再婚相手の長女に性的暴行を加えたとして準強姦(ごうかん)と準強制わいせつの罪に問われた岡山県内の男(50)に対する判決公判が7日、岡山地 裁であった。田尻克已裁判長は「被害者の人格を踏みにじった卑劣極まりない行為だ」として懲役10年(求刑・懲役15年)を言い渡した。

判決によると、被告は94年ごろから再婚相手の長女(29)に性的虐待を繰り返し、恐怖心から抵抗できないことに乗じて09年12月に2回、自宅 で性的暴行を加えた。田尻裁判長は「日常的な暴力で逆らえないことにつけ込んだ。被害者の肉体的、精神的苦痛は甚大だ」と述べた。

被害者の女性は判決後に記者会見、「同じような被害に遭っている人に、訴える手段があると知ってほしい」と訴えた。女性は交際相手の男性に相談、 民間団体「被害者サポートセンターおかやま(VSCO)」の支援も受け昨年告訴した。同センターは「身内からの性的虐待は、被害を訴え出られない人が多 い。同様の被害者が一歩踏み出すきっかけになれば」と話した。【五十嵐朋子】

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