Most rape cases are incest, police notes

Police says that rape cases are usually committed by family members. (photocredit says.com)

Most cases of rape being reported to the City Philippine National Police had involved young children aging from 13-17 and most had been victims of incest.

Senior Inspector Pearl Marzo, Information Officer of City Police Office, also added that most of the cases had occurred in areas within the city proper.

“Minors ang karamihan ng biktima. Ang mga suspect ay usually kakilala nila or kapamilya. Ang mga pangyayaring ganito karamihan ay dito sa siyudad lang,” Marzo said.

Several cases, she added, involved repeated offenses where the victims had been threatened with harm if they reported the crime.

Marzo said that rape cases were usually perpetrated by older men from within the family, who consecutively repeated the crime, with the victim failing to report immediately usually due to fear and embarrassment.

“Natatakot silang mag-report kasi karamihan ng gumawa sa kanila, kakilala or kapamilya nila,” Marzo said.

Rape cases slightly went down from 31 reported cases last year to 23 total cases reported in September, Marzo said. She attributed the decline in part to willingness of more and more victims to come out in the open.

Marzo said that their personnel are continuing to conduct dialogues and other form of advocacies to schools around the city, to encourage other victims to report cases to authorities.

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