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Rape victim in Japan seeks US justice

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Published on May 24, 2013

Catherine Fisher's lawsuit in the United States against former U.S. Navy serviceman Bloke Deans will proceed. The Australian woman, who lives in Japan, claims that she was raped by Deans ten years ago. Fisher is asking a U.S. court to enforce a 2004 Japanese civil judgment. It ordered Deans to pay her 60,000 dollars in damages, but Deans has yet to comply with the order.


Fisher reported the alleged assault to the Japanese police, but Deans was not prosecuted as a result. Deans quit Japan and was no longer in the Navy by the time Fisher brought her claim to the Japanese courts.

Deans has consistently denied Fisher's allegations of sexual assault and has called the claims against her a lie.

Fisher has become a spokeswoman on behalf of rape victims, particularly those who claim to be victims of the US military here in Japan. She is lobbying Japanese authorities to set up a special team to deal with such crimes.

This latest ruling means that the court feels that there is at least a case to be heard.

By denying Dean's motion, Fisher's case may now proceed toward a final ruling, which her lawyers say will likely be given in late 2013.

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