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Published by University of. For fifty years, Jan told no-one of her wartime experiences, but in , after seeing Korean war rape victims making appeals for justice on television, she.

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Jan's childhood came to an abrupt end with the Japanese invasion of Java in March Jan, her mother and two younger sisters, along with three thousand women and children, were imprisoned by the Japanese in Ambararwa Prison Camp. Two years later, in February , when Jan was 21 years old, her life was torn apart when, with nine other young women, all of them virgins, she was removed from the camp and forced into a brothel to become a military sex slave for the Japanese. She was repeatedly abused, beaten and raped, not only by the military, but also by the visiting Japanese doctor, for a period of three months, after which she was returned to prison camp with threats that her family would be killed if she revealed the truth about the atrocities inflicted upon her.

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  • Her survival of one of the worst human rights abuses to emerge from World War II is a tribute to her inner strength and her deep faith in God. For fifty years Jan maintained her silence, telling neither family or friends what had happened to her during the war. As Jan says in her book, 50 Years of Silence, "Nobody can imagine what it means to have something within yourself so terrible that you would love to talk about it to other people but you cannot, because you feel this terrible shame" When the war ended, Jan's camp was protected against Indonesian terrorist attacks by British troops, among them, Tom Ruff, who later became her husband.