Rape victims urged: Don’t agree to settlement, file charges

ICPO spokesperson Insp. Shella Mae Sangrines.
ICPO spokesperson Insp. Shella Mae Sangrines.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) urged rape victims to file cases against those who abused them.

Senior Inspector Shella Mae Sangrines, ICPO spokesperson and Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) chief, said the victims should not agree to a settlement.

“They have to report to the police and file charges against the molesters to obtain justice.”

From July 30 to Aug. 5, 2018, ICPO recorded four cases of rape.

Early this week, ICPO launched its information campaign on Republic Act 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997.

RA 8353 is classified as a “crime against persons.” The revised version of the law allows anyone, from family members to police, to file a case on behalf of the victim. Before, only victims were allowed to file and pursue cases, a powerful deterrent given the stigma attached to the crime.

Rape is committed “through force, threat, or intimidation; when the offended party is deprived of reason or otherwise unconscious; and by means of fraudulent machination or grave abuse of authority.”

It is also committed even though none of the circumstances mentioned above be present “when the offended party is under twelve years of age or is demented”.

Moreover, RA 8353 states that any person commits the act of sexual assault “by inserting his penis into another person’s mouth or anal orifice, or any instrument or object, into the genital or anal orifice of another person.”IMT