Date Rape in the Philippines

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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 God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man”. Many theologians have interpreted this passage to mean a general sense of equality between the sexes, that women were created from men, and therefore are part of them, taken from his ribs, near his heart, at his side: this symbolizes that women are not to be stepped on but are to be loved. From this age old teaching to the Philippines’ present revised penal code, the fact remains true; that women are to be upheld in society as human beings themselves, not objects to be used. “A total of three thousand three hundred fifty-nine rape cases were reported to the authorities countrywide in the twelve months of 2009”(Taliño-Mendoza, 2010). To be presented with such numbers, it is alarming to see how women in this modern age can be sexually assaulted, and with the numbers rising; there is most certainly a need to study rape crimes. Understanding rape crimes may help find a solution for the decrease of these incidents from happening, which is what the research aims to do. Upon the inquisition of rape crimes’ most common modus operandi, the research can look at what to avoid and what necessary precautionary measures to take.

Generally the research will try, through a series of data gathering to expose the most common operations in rape cases and determine a general pattern, highlighting similarities with other cases. The research aims to conclude, together with common modus operandi, the precautionary measures that go in line with typical modes of operations. The research aims for a general information campaign to actively engage women to know how to protect themselves against this vicious crime. rape does not only physically hurt women but involves a whole array of levels that are harmed when such a traumatic event is experienced. It is degrading; emotionally, physically and mentally to quote Karen Verdito a known rape victim for her advocacy campaign to the United Nations, “rape is something you carry with you for your whole life” (Andrade, 2007). With such tremendous consequences, the researcher believes the subject has a lot to give. That education is critical for prevention. That rape crimes must be stopped, and that the research will be beneficial for the said cause. Review of Related Literature

Violence is understood to be a physical experience, involving the collision of bodies, the extension of touch (painful or injurious) into spaces and places where it is not welcome. It involves the crossing of boundaries of skin and muscle, of visceral tissue, by hands, fists, feet, weapons, etc. (Hatty, 2000. p. 69)

Violence may be acted upon in many ways, nor does it spare anyone. These acts can be done towards material things or worst, towards human bodies. According to Manazan in the book she wrote entitled Women Resisting Violence, violence against women’s bodies is almost always violence against women’s sexuality. “This is recognized by the United Nations declaration of Violence against Women, which defines violence against women’s bodies as: an act of gender based violence that results...
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