Gwangbokjeol the National Liberation Day of Korea was celebrated now on August 15, but for the women taken to rape camps forced to provide sexual services to the Japanese Imperial Army as slaves, as "units of war supplies", this day of returned light and liberation 1945 has also carried continuous darkness, death, and for the survivors still no real recognition and apologies from Japan for the women, who are prone to show symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more than 60 years after the end of the war. #MeToo #WarCrime ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"The first day I was raped and the rapes never stopped...I was born a woman but never lived as a woman...I feel sick when I come close to a man. Not just Japanese men, but all men-even my own husband who saved me from the brothel. I shiver whenever I see a Japanese flag." / Kim Hak-sun
Usually they were injected with salvarsan, which together with damage to the vagina caused by rape or rough sex torture were the causes of high rates of sterility among the women used as sex slaves, but if pregnant their uterus could be ordered to be taken out and thrown away. They were seen as "female ammunition" and as "public toilets", literally as things to be used and abused.
Teenagers taken into the "comfort women corps" were almost always virgins, to limit the spread of venereal diseases. Several hundred thousand women from more than a dozen countries in Eastern Asia, including European women, and often prepubescent girls not old enough to have started menstruating, were repeatedly raped by Japanese soldiers day and night, while those who refused to comply were killed. Beatings and torture was common.
Approximately three quarters of these sex slaves died, and most survivors were left infertile due to sexual trauma or sexually transmitted diseases. In many cases sex slaves who were seriously ill were abandoned to die alone. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀