Hontiveros, netizens slam Angono police's 'anti-rape reminders'

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(File photo) Senator Risa Hontiveros

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 18) —Netizens and a senator slammed the Angono, Rizal Municipal Police Station for posting on social media a list of reminders for women on how to avoid rape.

On a Facebook post that circulated Wednesday morning, the Angono police issued a 10-point list of anti-rape reminders for women. These include 'not wearing short clothes,' and 'not drinking alcoholic beverage during dates.'

 

Netizens called out the Angono police for victim blaming.

 

 

 

Senator Risa Hontiveros also expressed dismay, saying that 'while the intention of the information material may be good,' it may come across as promoting victim blaming.

 

"The Angono police's anti-rape flyer lays unwarranted blame on rape victims," the senator said in a statement.

"May I remind our police force: Clothes don't cause rape, rapists do. Instead of 'teaching' women how to dress "appropriately," our police force should help in educating the public, especially men, that forcing themselves upon women is unacceptable and constitutes rape."

The viral Facebook post has since been deleted.

Following the incident, the Angono PNP issued an apology on its Facebook page Wednesday night.

 

"Ang Angono Municipal Police Station ay taos-pusong humihingi ng paumanhin sa lahat hinggil sa aming FB Post na 'Paalaala Para Makaiwas sa Rape,'" the Facebook post read.

"Ang amin pong intensiyon ay mapaalalahanan ang lahat para maiwasan po na maging biktima ng insidente ng rape. Sabi nga po 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'"

[Translation: The Angono Municipal Police Station is asking for apology with regards to our Facebook post. Our intention was to give warning to everyone so that we can avoid these rape incidents. As the saying goes, 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.']