IMPLEMENTATION OF R.A.9262 OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ANTI-VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN CALAPAN CITY ORIENTAL MINDORO
PRESENTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
MINDORO STATE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
MASIPIT CALAPAN CITY ORIENTAL MINDORO
BERNADETH P.DE GUZMAN
Background of the Study
Violence comes in many forms. It is not just physical, like a black eye or a swollen face. Other forms of violence are less visible but equally painful and damaging. Incidents involving video-taping and the posting or circulating of such material has brought about many questions as to what kind of abuse or violence is punishable. There is currently no law that specifically punishes the acts of video-taping a sexual or other private act and circulating this content without the consent of the persons involved. I filed a bill in the senate known as The Anti-Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 that seeks to punish these acts. I hope this will be heard and passed into law soon. At present though, victims can take refuge in Republic Act 9262 otherwise known as the Anti-violence against Women and Children Act of 2004 which penalizes various forms of violence. A victim can also claim for damages. There has been a spate of cases filed against prominent male personalities by their wives/former ex-wives, etc. for violation of Republic Act 9262. Some of those who filed include Kris Aquino, Sunshine Cruz, and even the wife of a former Senator. This begs the question, what is R.A. 9262? And why do all abused women use it against their significant others? R.A. 9262 is also known as the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children Act (VAWC). It has become a favored tool for addressing the grievances of women in abusive relationships because of its expansive provisions. Violence against women and children are defined under the law as “any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbit round the world at least one woman in every three has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Every year, violence in the home and the community devastates the lives of millions of women. Gender-based violence kills and disables as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as cancer, and its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.1 Violence against women is rooted in a global culture of discrimination which denies women equal rights with men and which legitimizes the appropriation of women's bodies for individual gratification or political ends. Violence against women feeds off discrimination and serves to reinforce it. When women are abused in custody, when they are raped by armed forces as "spoils of war", or when they are terrorized by violence in the home, unequal power relations between men and women are both manifested and enforced. Violence against women is compounded by discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, sexual identity, social status, class, and age. Such multiple forms of discrimination further restrict women's choices, increase their vulnerability to violence and make it even harder for women to obtain justice. There is an unbroken spectrum of violence that women face at the hands of people who exert control over them. States have the obligation to prevent, protect against, and punish violence against women whether perpetrated by private or public actors. States have a responsibility to uphold standards of due diligence and take steps to fulfill...
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