(SPOT.ph) The Philippine National Police's social-media posts have recently gone viral, but often for the wrong reasons: either red-tagging or victim-blaming. The Lucban Municipal Police Station, for example, drew flak for a now-deleted post made on June 11 that read: "Kayo naman mga gherlsz, wag kayo magsusuot ng pagkaikli-ikling damit at pag naman nabastos ay magsusumbong din sa amin. Isipin nyo rin!" Finally, the agency's Women and Children Protection Center stepped up with a couple of infographics that make much more sense.
In a post on June 22, they explained through the fictional character Aleng Pulis: "Ang istilo o pamamaraan ng pananamit ng isang indibidwal ay hindi imbitasyon o excuse para gumawa ng krimen." This was compared to the fact that getting robbed is not a direct result of you wearing an expensive watch.
This idea was echoed in another post on June 23, which came with an eye-catching and easy-to-remember phrase: "Ito ay dress. Hindi ito 'yes'."
Victim-blaming, e.g. how women dress or how women act, has always been an argument in defense of rapists. Ben Tulfo, for example, said in a post on June 14 that "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."
"Rape culture is real and a product of this precise line of thinking," Kakie Pangilinan, who was directly addressed by Tulfo, said in response.
"There is no dress code for rape. Or for sexual harassment. Instead of teaching women how to dress, we should teach men not to rape," Risa Hontiveros posted on June 11 following the Lucban Police Station issue.