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PCW condemns threats of rape and sexual violence

March 14, 2021 Uncategorized

QUEZON CITY, June 24 (PIA) — The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) strongly condemns rape threats hurled at women and girls as the “normalization of rape”.

In a statement, the PCW said that “Such acts propagate the rape culture, which is unacceptable.”

PCW issued the statement following incidents that have gone viral in social media regarding a man threatening Ms. Frankie Pangilinan of rape and an incident about a teaching personnel from a known university who implied that a female senator should be put in prison and sexually attacked by inmates to change the mindset about rape.

“These are not only disgusting, but also alarming and degrading. While there is public outcry on these statements against known personalities, there are women and girls who face similar situations but cannot fight back as they do not have the same power and influence as popular public figures. But the fact that such threats happen even to known personalities only prove the realities about rape, and debunks the myths surrounding this grave crime,” PCW said.

PCW reiterated that rape is not merely about sexual desire, it is about power dynamics, it is not about “pagnanasa” but about “pagsasamantala” at “pang-aabuso”.

PCW said that the myth that people are raped because they asked for it or due to the way they look, dress, and behave has repeatedly been busted, but continue to spread because people who choose to justify the acts of the criminal thus enabling the rape culture to flourish. Rape and threat can happen to anyone as long as there is a perpetrator who desires to dominate.

The PCW firmly posits that using rape and sexual violence as a tool to attack a person or prove a point is downright irrational, unsound, and violative of human rights,” the PCW further reads.

“We reiterate that rape is a serious crime. It should not be taken lightly and NO ONE, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE, has the right to use it as a threat or to wish it upon others. Rape has no place in a civilized society,” the PCW emphasized. (MTP/PIA-IDPD/PCW)

source https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1045670

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