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Monday, 02 June 2014 00:27

70% Of LGBT Students Bullied In Japan

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A survey, conducted by Inochi Risupekuto Howaito Ribon Kyanpen, a group based in Tokyo which fights against the suicide of LGBTQ people, shows that 70% of people known as belonging to a sexual minority in Japan, and in particular to the LGBT community, were victims of bullying in school and 30% even thought to commit suicide.

It is the first time that such a survey is conducted in Japan and on the 609 respondents, all having studied in the Kanto region, 68% of them said to have been victim of bullying in elementary, junior high or high school, that it is in a verbal way (53%) or a much more perverse way: 20% indeed say to have experienced physical bullying and 11% suffered sexual abuse, such as having their clothes taken off by classmates, according to the report.

The survey also shows the lack of support. As reports The Japan TimesThe Japan Times, despite the victimization, about half said they had no one to talk to about the bullying.

“More teachers need to know the issues LGBTs are facing. As most bullying starts at elementary schools, I want teachers to provide children correct information about sexual minorities,” Mameta Endo, co-leader of the group, said.

“The survey also found that boys with gender identity disorder have faced especially harsh bullying for not being manly. Schools need to find ways to teach students about LGBTs to prevent those who don’t match stereotypical ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ gender types from being bullied,” she said.


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