Saturday, May 26, 2007


2400 Rayburn Building, Washington, DC 20515
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Adam Blickstein
May 26, 2007 (202) 225-2156

Washington, DC – Representative Jane Harman (D-Venice) signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 121, legislation calling on the Government of Japan to acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility for the coercion of as many as 200,000 young women into sexual slavery, known as “comfort women,” during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Said Harman: “I appreciate the efforts of the thousands of constituents who made me aware of this issue. It was important to consider carefully the foreign policy ramifications of this bill, and I wanted to be sure that it would not place additional strain on our Asian relationships. I became convinced, however, that the treatment of the so-called ‘comfort women’ was so repugnant that cosponsoring this bill was the right thing to do.” She added: “Once again, my constituents have demonstrated their strong convictions on an issue of national significance.”


Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Violeta Lanzarote, Batad Iloilo

Born August 7, 1925
Abducted at the age of 17

They brought me to their garrison and put me into the one of the three divisions. I was raped first on the day I was captured. When I was in the division, one Japanese soldier came. He threatened me, pointing his gun at me and pushing me down on the floor. When I started shouting on my back, he put a paper inside my mouth and tore up my clothes then raped me. On the first night, another Japanese soldier raped me.

The next morning I bled so much. The Japanese who noticed my condition called for the help of a doctor and gave me the capsule of medicine. But after that, they ordered me to cook rice. On the second day also, four Japanese soldiers raped me.

By the third day I felt so sick that I took medicine after cooking rice for the Japanese. From then on I had to cook rice every morning.

After the third day, four or five soldiers raped me every day. Almost all of them were ordinary soldiers but some times Japanese officials.