6 Keio Univ. students face prosecution over alleged sexual assault of female student

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6 Keio Univ. students face prosecution over alleged sexual assault of female studentECPAT/STOP Japan

August 9, 2017 (Mainichi Japan)

YOKOHAMA — Six Keio University students have been reported to prosecutors on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female student in Kanagawa Prefecture after forcing her to drink pints of tequila, investigative sources said.

Kanagawa Prefectural Police sent an investigation report to the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office on Aug. 8, accusing the six male students of quasi-rape.

The victim was quoted as complaining, “I was forced to drink about 10 glasses of tequila.”

On the night of Sept. 2 last year, the six, who were in their late teens to early 20s, forced the female student who was then 18, to repeatedly consume liquor with a high alcoholic percentage at a facility in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, according to the sources. After she was drunk and became unable to resist, the six allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The six, who were members of a now-defunct group of students conducting research on advertising, summoned the victim using the free messaging app Line, and used their smartphones to film themselves assaulting her, the sources said.

The incident came to light after the victim reported the case to authorities including the university.

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