Voices of the Filipino survivors of Japan’s military sexual slavery Collected on March 7, 2007, by Shibazaki Haruko, Group in Support of the Former “Comfort Women” in the Philippines, at the Lolas’ House of Lila Pilipina, Manila, the Philippines Prime Minister Abe, your words have humiliated us and hurt us very much.
You must ask our forgiveness and apologize for the crimes the Japanese soldiers committed against us. You denials hurt us so much that we cannot sleep at night. Please come to meet with us in person, any day, any time.
Anastacia Cortez (age 86) I was so hurt and angry that fury rose inside me when I heard Prime Minister Abe’s denial. We were innocent.
We were children. We did nothing wrong, yet the Japanese soldiers raped and abused us. The Prime Minister is responsible for the crimes committed by Japanese soldiers. Wouldn’t it be right for the Prime Minister to appear before us, repent, and beg our forgiveness for these crimes? Shouldn’t you apologize?
Ever since I heard these recent statements, I haven’t been able to sleep at night. I can never forget what I had to suffer then, but when I heard those mean and humiliating words, I was hurt even more. Now my memory comes back even worse, and I cannot sleep.
I did not speak out for the sake of getting payment. I needed courage to come out. I made my children suffer for it, too.
I demand apology from Prime Minister Abe so that justice be restored. I will not stop until justice is restored. Please come directly see us any day, anytime.
Pilar Frias (age 80) Yesterday I went out front of the Japanese Embassy and cried, to rid my heart of the anger and anxiety piled up there. Prime Minister Abe has called us prostitutes, saying that we sold ourselves to make money. But I was only fifteen then. Could a girl of fifteen think of such a thing?
It has been more than sixty years, yet anger rises up inside me each time I look in the mirror and see the scar on my face carved by a Japanese soldier.
Virginia Villarma (age 78) The recent statements by Prime Minister Abe pierced our hearts with pain. Please pass on to him our anger through our supporters in Japan. He calls us prostitutes, but then he has no evidence whatsoever to prove that we were. What he is saying is not right. He is telling a lie. I would fight until the day he takes back those words.