Friday, January 31, 2014

Gabriela Expresses Support for Cornejo

Gabriela Expresses Support for Cornejo, Gabriela, Vhong Navarro, Deniece Cornejo

Gabriela Women's Party lawyer Alnie Foj said in an interveiw on GMA News "24 Oras" that accusing someone of rape is not something that women do lightly.

"Kailangan niya (rape victim) i-consider yung kanyang career, kanyang mga magulang, kanyang mga kaibigan. Namamayani kasi iyong kultura sa atin na meron tayong tendency na mag-victim blaming," Foja added.

She also said that most men who are accused of rape usually claim that their victims even consented to the act.

High-profile defense lawyer Lorna Kapunan in a separate interview warned that a simple "no" should be enough to ward off unwanted sexual advances.

"When women say 'no', we mean no. To claim an attempted rape, you don't even need to struggle," she said.

She also warned that even if no intercourse happens, some sexual activity done without consent can still fall under rape.

"(Rape is) the insertion of any instrument, the instrument can be the male organ or it can be any other instruments into any opening (of the body)."

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