- Yestereday, Angono Police station posted a poster reminder for women on how to avoid getting sexu@l advances and r@ped
- Angono Police Supt. Ruben Piquero made a public apology after the post drew flak for its "non-gender sensitivity"
- Sen. Risa Hontiveros is willing to offer gender-sensitive messaging training to the police
Yesterday, the Angono Police led by Supt. Ruben Piquero, made a public apology via their social media account to all the ones who had been offended by the tips the police viewed as 'helpful' in preventing cases of r@pe.
KAMI learned that the post when it went viral yesterday, when it took social media by storm. Hundreds of netizens, especially women, could not contain their disappointment with the controversial tips directed toward them.
The Angono police chief gave the following message of apology in behalf of the police station:
"Ang Angono Municipal Police Station sa pamumuno ni PSUPT RUBEN M PIQUERO ay taos-pusong humihingi ng paumanhin sa lahat hinggil sa aming FB Post na 'Paalaala Para Makaiwas sa R@pe."
"Ang amin pong intensiyon ay mapaalalahanan ang lahat para maiwasan po na maging biktima ng insidente ng r@pe. Sabi nga po 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
Sen. Risa Hotiveros, a vocal women's rights activist, shared "While the intention of the information material may be good, it promotes victim blaming by asking women to conform to a particular way of dressing in order to be respected and avoid being r@ped."
Hontiveros stated that it places the burden of responsibility on women whether or not their actions and way of dressing would induce sexu@l advances and violence from men. She said that it "is not only an insult to many victims of r@pe and other forms of sexu@l violence, but it also sends a wrong signal that women are r@ped because of our actions or preferences."
The staunch feminist also added, "May I remind our police force that a woman's clothing choice doesn't cause r@pe. Clothes don't cause r@pe, rapists do. Instead of "teaching" women how to dress "appropriately" and limit our choices, our police force should help in educating the public, especially men, that forcing themselves upon women is unacceptable and constitutes r@pe."
The post that went viral had the following 'sexist' and 'misogynistic' tips, which the netizens perceived as prejudicial to females:
- HUWAG magsuot ng maiiigsing damit. Never don skimpy clothes or dresses.
- HUWAG maglakad nang mag-isa sa madilim na lugar. Never walk alone in dark places.
- Kung makikipagdate, HUWAG uminom ng alak. If you're on a date, never drink alcohol.
- Kung makikipagdate, HUWAG iiwan ang inumin at baka malagyan ito ng kung anong gamot na makakawala ng iyong kamalayan. If you're on a date, never leave your drink unattended lest it gets mixed with some kind of dozing off medication.
- Hangga't maaari, mag-aral ng self-defense. As much as possible, learn how to defend yourself.
- Magdala ng tear gas o pepper spray at maaaring magdala ng kahit anong bagay na makakasakit sa nanghahalay. Bring along tear gas or pepper spray or any accessory that may mar the sexu@l predator.
- HUWAG mataranta, mag-isip ng paraan para makatakas sa nanghahalay. Don't panic, think of ways on how to escape the sexu@l offender.
- Sumigaw ng SAKLOLO. Scream for help.
- Humingi ng tulong kapulisan. Ask for cops' help.
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