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While it is admirable that San Francisco and other U.S. cities have erected statues commemorating the “comfort women” of World War II, they are seemingly unaware that the Japanese were not the only abusers.

A true, heartfelt and long overdue commemoration should have included the full history of the abuse, not only by Japanese soldiers but by American and United Nations troops who continued the abuse after the defeat of Japan.

However, it is not too late to change the plaques so that they might reflect the full history of abuse of women during and after World War II by troops of numerous nations.

Thalia Syracopoulos, on behalf of the Board of National Organization for Women, Seattle Chapter

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