“Victim-blaming or the act of transferring the blame to a victim of sexual abuse or violence, like how short a rape victim’s skirt is, tends to send a wrong signal to victims of abuse. Victim-blaming effectively silences female victims of abuse by conditioning them to think that their misfortune is their fault, and not a direct result of a sexual predator’s reprehensible actions. It is a step back in our government’s efforts to hold people accountable for their crimes; that it effectively promotes impunity,” underscored Ferrer.
With this concern, it reaps varying reactions from the public.
“It really depends on girls on how they think they should dress up themselves. If they are comfortable wearing sexy clothes, then it’s up to them. On the other hand, we could not control how men see and think over girls who wear sexy clothes,” said Ellen Yasay, a vendor in Butuan City.
Concepcion Villanueva, a senior citizen in one of the barangays of this city also said that men using illegal drugs are really prone to do and violate the law. Once they use an illegal drug, anyone’s life, be it a baby or an elderly is really in danger,” she bared. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)