Japanese law makes it difficult for victims of sexual assault to prove attacks took place [Issei Kato/Reuters]

Survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters have rallied in nine cities across Japan to protest against recent court acquittals of alleged rapists and urge reform of the country’s anti-rape law.

Holding flowers and placards with slogans such as “#MeToo” and “#With You”, sexual abuse survivors on Tuesday night recounted their experiences to show the need to scrap a measure they say puts too high a burden on rape victims, discouraging them from coming forward and harming their legal chances if they do.

“If we keep saying ‘No’ to sexual violence and deliver our voices, I have hope this unreasonable law will surely be changed,” Misa

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