Angono ‘rape reminder’ a classic case of victim-blaming – Gabriela
Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas urged the Angono, Rizal Municipal Police Station on Wednesday to take down the “rape reminder” it posted on Facebook as it puts the blame on women, not the sex offenders.
The progressive lawmaker assailed Angono Philippine National Police (PNP)’s post as “a classic case of victim-blaming and gross misinformation on rape.”
“This rotten mindset being perpetrated by the state authorities themselves certainly emboldens perpetrators to commit rape and further puts women in a difficult situation. And the President’s machismo and misogyny feed into this rape culture,” she added in a statement.
Angono police’s Facebook post on how to prevent rape drew flak on social media on Tuesday as many called it out for victim-blaming.
Brosas likewise corrected the Angono police: “short skirts and drinking don’t cause rape; rapists do cause rape.”
The lawmaker also questioned how women can ask for assistance from the same uniformed personnel “who execute strip shows and gang rape inside their precincts.”
Brosas said they would formally write the Angona PNP to take down its public advisory and to attend their gender sensitivity and anti-violence against women and their children (anti-VAWC) training. /vvp