The following are some letters and online comments in response to Jon Mitchell's The Foreign Element articles about the American School in Japan sexual abuse case (here and here). Teacher Jack Moyer, who committed suicide in 2004, is believed to have abused as many as 32 female students — some as young as 9 years old — at his home in Tokyo and during school excursions to Miyakejima, an island 180 km southwest of the capital.

Memories tainted by hurt

I vividly remember riding the overnight boat from Tokyo to Miyakejima in the late spring of 1986. I've never been a good sleeper, especially away from home, and certainly wasn't about to sleep on that boat. As I lay there, I glanced over at my friend lying next to me and watched her closed lids flutter, sleeping the sleep of the innocent, and dreams without nightmares.