Date Rape in the Philippines

11669 Words47 Pages
Chapter I
Introduction
“He said he loved me”, “I woke up without any clothes on, I couldn’t remember”, “I thought we were friends”. These are just some of the phrases that a lot of rape victims have reiterated. Women that have long been taken advantage of for men’s sexual pleasure, it is the same in every country, not just in the Philippines. Women have been fighting all throughout their history to gain equality, to rise from oppression, to release themselves from male domination, that fight is still ongoing. There is a quotation from the bible taken from genesis II lines 21-23; “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof. And the rib which the Lord
…show more content…
p. 69).” rape is violence against women. It is a violation of her body and her trust. According to Burns, a sociologist at Michigan State University, “rape is forced and unwanted intercourse, where sexual assault is used as a power and sex is a method (Mousseau, 2006. p. 1).” Most rapes are committed not by strangers, but by men known to women, perhaps someone they have gone out with or are supposedly their friends. It can be someone she just met or even her fiancé, but often it is an attempt to assert power or anger. A study by the National Center for the Preventive and Control rape claims ninety percent of rapes are never reported. In those that are reported, sixty percent knew their assailants. Of these, women fifteen to twenty-five are majority of the victims. Alcohol and drugs sometimes play a significant factor, especially in date rape or acquaintance rape cases (Mousseau, 2006).
In the Philippines rape is very apparent as well, the article of Toliño-Mendoza presents the Philippine national police statistics for the year 2009. “A total of 3,159 rape cases were reported to the authorities countrywide in the 12 months of 2009, up 22 percent from the 2,585 recorded over the same period in 2008, Cotabato Rep. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza disclosed Sunday…The 2009 figures translate to an average of almost nine rape cases being committed every day, or one
Get Access