Angono Rizal PNP Issues Apology For Rape Prevention Guidelines

Senator Risa Hontiveros also chimed in on the issue.
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The Angono Municipal Police Station issued a public apology on Facebook after their guidelines on how to avoid rape drew flak online.

"Ang Angono Municipal Police Station sa pamumuno ni PSUPT RUBEN M PIQUERO ay taos-pusong humihingi ng paumanhin sa lahat hinggil sa aming FB Post na 'Paalaala Para Makaiwas sa Rape,'" the statement read.

The Angono Police stressed, however, that they only had the best intentions in mind when they shared their post: "Ang amin pong intensiyon ay mapaalalahanan ang lahat para maiwasan po na maging biktima ng insidente ng rape."

The viral post has since been deleted on their Facebook account, but not without drawing attention from various figures, including Senator Risa Hontiveros.

Posting on Facebook, she said, "I am extremely disappointed with the Angono police's anti-rape information flyer. While the intention of the information material may be good, it promotes victim-blaming by asking women to conform to a particular way of dressing in order to be respected and avoid being raped." The lengthy message was accompanied by a photo with the text, "To end rape, DO NOT RAPE."

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