Yesterday, Kakie Pangilinan just clapped back at Lucban Police’s problematic anti-rape tips. The 19-year-old insisted that instead of telling women what not to wear, people should be educated not to rape. None other than the radio personality Ben Tulfo disagreed, tweeting the young Pangilinan that “a rapist or a juvenile sex offender’s desire to commit a crime will always be there.”
Hija @kakiep83 , a rapist or a juvenile sex offender's desire to commit a crime will always be there. All they need is an opportunity, when to commit the crime. Sexy ladies, careful with the way you dress up! You are inviting the beast.
In her response to Tulfo, Kakie emphasized that rape culture is real and Tulfo’s mindset is an example of why it’s being normalized. She also pointed out that him calling her “hija” doesn’t belittle her point.
– rape culture is real and a product of this precise line of thinking, where the behavior is normalized, particularly by men. – the way anyone dresses should not be deemed as ‘opportunity’ to sexually assault them. ever. – calling me hija will not belittle my point. https://t.co/bLbtEDVGBn
Rape has been, and continues to be, one of the most frequently commited crimes against women in our country. Just last year, it was estimated that in the Philippines, a woman is raped every hour. In attempts to address the issue, several local government units and police stations have circulated problematic anti-rape tips that put the burden on women rather than addressing the need to educate people not to rape.
There’s still a long way to go when it comes to addressing victim-blaming, especially with the prevalence of misogynistic ideals. Thankfully we have people like Kakie to remind us that we shouldn’t be afraid to speak up, no matter how much boomers try to use their seniority in discussions.