This manual was created by victims who experienced sexual violence while studying abroad, who spoke out with a strong desire to protect all students studying abroad. It aims to prevent them from experiencing the same thing as we did and being victimized.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the people who have engaged in creating this report. We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the people who helped us, from the experts and professors to those affected while studying abroad and those trying to eradicate this problem. Thank you very much.
We, students, make many efforts to overcome various difficulties and barriers to study abroad, such as persuading our parents, acquiring language skills, and saving money. SAYNO! aims to create a society where such courage and determination are not trampled upon by sexual violence and where students can fully enjoy their study abroad experience to the fullest. SAYNO! has created a manual to fight against the structural violence that takes advantage of the perpetrators’ superior position, physical threats and violence, and the current situation where people have to cry themselves to sleep. We have created a manual to help them be treated as human beings with rights to survival and freedom.
This manual is never the goal. It is the opening salvo in a dark war.
I hope that this manual will reach many students. And may we have a society that does not produce such damage.
<Special thanks to the following experts>
Dr. (Prof.) Wakana Shino at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
Dr. Mari Murakami, OB/GYN specialist