Vale Jan Ruff O'Herne (1923–2019)

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Jan Ruff O'Herne, AO (1923–2019) was a Dutch-Australian survivor of militarised sexual abuse perpetrated in the Netherlands East Indies by the Imperial Armed Forces of Japan in the Asia-Pacific War. She is known for her memoir Fifty Years of Silence (Sydney: Editions Tom Thompson, 1994) and Ned Lander and Carol Ruff's documentary, Fifty Years of Silence (Ronin Films, 1994). From the 1990s she was an advocate of redress for survivors of militarised sexual abuse. She recently passed away in Adelaide, Australia. Rest in Peace.

Vera Mackie

University of Wollongong