UP-PGH study debunks rape myths

A study conducted by Dr. June Lopez, Dr. Aimee Chua, and Dr. Rosanna de Guzman of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) on the profile and coping reactions of rape survivors seen at their Women’s Desk in 1999 and 2000 revealed the following:

1. Women are not safe even in a familiar environment.

2. Survivors do not always present with physical injuries.

3. A rape survivor may be passive or compliant and exhibit a wide range of coping behavior.

4. A woman who is raped may not actively fight off the assailant.

5. Women are motivated to report the rape as soon as possible

6. Rape survivors may not have accurate, complete and consistent accounts of the incident.

To download the study, click here. It was done in 2003 and published in 2004.

We also have a new page titled “The Subic Rape Case in Relation to the Visiting Forces Agreement.” It’s the fourth in the page list on the left portion of this blog.

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13 Comments

  1. Schumey said,

    August 28, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Just dropped by to let you know we are still monitoring the case. God Bless.

  2. August 29, 2006 at 12:37 am

    thank you. we appreciate it. =)

  3. Melba said,

    September 4, 2006 at 11:39 am

    How I wish the “beloved” Fr. James Reuter can read materials such as these, so that before he opens his mouth and accuse “Nicole” of seducing “Baby Smith” he’ll have even a wee bit of understanding on the dynamics of violence against women. Or maybe he is just a plain woman-hater who could not give a thought over a woman’s plea for justice against the beastly act of rape and abuse.

    Pity “Nicole”, her age has become the very core of Reuter’s outright unbelief against the “baby-face” appearance of Smith.

    Lord, why were we given priests who thinks the way he does?

  4. stoxbnx3 said,

    September 5, 2006 at 1:46 pm

    maybe we should send him materials about rape. =)

  5. sydney said,

    September 21, 2006 at 4:50 am

    nicole will never have my sympathy,i agree with Fr. Reuter.

    why dirty dance with a stranger knowing that she already has a boyfriend, why drink with strangers, she asked for what happened to her…grow up honey, this is just the outcome of your reckless actions. God knows who the real victims are.

  6. dioseffe said,

    September 24, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    sydney no one is asking for your sympathy! if you can’t give it then don’t! sayo na!

    ‘god knows who the real victims are’…? — sana nga. sabihin mo sa god mo kung alam niya talaga well, better give justice for the victim. god really knows everything that is happening in this world! at ang diyos ay di marunong pumanig sa mali. di naman siya tanga kagaya ng iba..–>

    kasi, GOD KNOWS WHO THE REAL VICTIM IS!!!

  7. sydney said,

    September 25, 2006 at 5:54 am

    dioseffe, relax ka lang, baka mapa-aga appointment mo…smile ka muna okay..every person is blessed with free will. and i guess nicole is aware how blessed she is, that she chosed to hung out with a group of men (strangers for a fact.) and decided to get drunk too…;)

  8. "maggie" said,

    October 6, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    Hi, im back! I know that nobody will asking my sympathy also, right diosseffe? Just ignore me though. I dont like to ba called ” TANGA”,. I just wondering of who is the real victim in this case. Sino nga ba? Is it Nicole, na kung hindi sa kapabayaan nya sa sarili, ay eto ngayon at gumagawa ng malaking gulo between Philippines and US? Is it daniel Smith, na dahil sa nakakita lang ng babaeng sumasayaw ng dirty dancing na tulad ni nicole, eh naakit kaagad sa alindog ni Nicole? ( and he admit to himself that there is consensual sex happens between them) Eh, paano naman yung boyfriend ni nicole na US marine, na pag wala pala sa harap nya ang girlfriend nyang si nicole ay kung kani-kanino na sumasama. Is it, yung Keith Silkwood?, Chad Carpentier?, and the other one? na kahit sino namang magkakasama, na nakikitang may ka-sex yung kasama nila sa van, ay mag-chi cheer lalo na pag nakita nilang nag-eenjoy ang dalawa ( Nicole at smith). What about Daniel Smith child?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………….
    To dioseffe; If you put your shoes to Nicole’s boyfriend. Let say, you are out of town, You working hard, And you sacrifice yourself that you are not in each others arm,(Naks!) And your beloved girlfriend is going everywhere with somebody and do a dirty dancing with many good looking guys surrounded her. And let herself get drunk, too much drunk. Do you believe in her if she accused somebody will raped her? Is it OK with you, that your girlfriend is drinking in a public place with somebody else? If its ok with you that she do those things?, What do you feel, if somebody will take advantage of her because they think she looks and act like flirty girl? Do you believed in her accusation? I bet not if i were in Nicoles boyfriend shoes. I think, i feel like my girlfriend is not honest with me if she do things like Nicole’s done to herself.( parang isang dagang naglalaro pag wala ang pusa). She have to respect me if i were his boyfriend and she have to respect herself if she like somebody respect her.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Ng dahil sa kapabayaan ni Nicole sa sarili nya, maraming nadamay, maraming nag-aaway, at maraming naging biktima, hindi lang si nicole, higit sa lahat ay yung mga anak ng inaakusahan nya. Sana nga panindigan ni Nicole na hindi sya magpapabayad, dahil sabi nyo nga ay hindi nya kailangan ng pera. Eh ano ang kailangan nya? Gusto nyang makulong ang apat. Magiging masaya ba si Nicole sa ganon? Kung gusto nya ng katarungan at kapayapaan sa sarili, dapat matuto syang magbigay ng katarungan at kapayapaan sa iba. Hidi yung gulo ang ginagawa nya.
    Bakit ganon, okey lang na pabayaan nya ang sarili nya malasing at sumayaw ng dirty dance tapos pag may masamang mangyari sa kanya ay hindi nya na iniisip kung bakit nangyari yon? Ang laking gulo ng ginawa nya.
    Dioseffe; di ba katangahan at kabobohan din ang ginawa ni Nicole?
    Peace be with you all!

  9. bryan said,

    November 7, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    sydney i agee wit u.nako di nyo lang kung gaano kalandi yang si nicole.matino bang babae yan?taga zamboanga umabot ng angeles at may bf pang tao!!!eeeeeeeppp…ep ep ep…no matter wat r the reasons she have the fact the she has a bf and if she claimed to be “educated” and “matino” she shouldnt be there at the 1st place!besides kung kagalang galang ka u should know how to take care of urself no matter what regardless of being drunk!all her alibis is not a god damn reason,she’s just making that up so she could get away from her ugly bf.u know people why she was flirting wit other guys?well because she’s not satisfied with her bf cause he is ugly like her

  10. bryan said,

    November 7, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    oh sorry i mean subic

  11. NJ said,

    December 5, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    I can’t believe what I’m reading on this blog. The fact is, I don’t care what people think of this girl Nicole’s moral actions, if she said NO she said NO! The fact that she was heavily intoxicated adds to the fact that she was in no state of mind to say YES!

    If this Smith dude took advantage of her, then he needs to go down. Cause he if tries that here in the US with my daughter — he’ll never be seen nor heard from again! We as women have to stop taking this kind of crap.

    These soldiers (and I’m American) are taught discipline, and know that they are not to go into someone elses country and abuse their hospitality by assaulting the innocent civilians of the land. This includes Iraq.

    Smith must be strongly punished as a deterent. Also, this impowers women that its not okay for a man to do whatever he wants to us. REGARDLESS of personal behavior, another individual has no right to force you to do something against your will.

  12. ghianne said,

    March 8, 2007 at 5:22 am

    bryan, do you know the meaning of the word ‘landi”???if you dont…just shut up!!!!!

  13. Alamat said,

    March 13, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Alam niyo kung bakit karamihan sa mga kaso ng panggagahasa ay hindi nairereport at nabibigyang hustisya? DAHIL SA MGA MAPANGHUSGANG TANGA NA GAYA NIYO. Social stigma. Common case of “Blaming the Victim” ang ginagawa niyo, at sa tingin niyo ba marangal iyang ginagawa niyo? para sa inyong impormasyon, HINDI. Ang sasahol ng takbo ng isip niyo. Kung matino talaga ang mga kanong yan, hindi nila gagahasain ang isang babaeng walang laban dahil sa kalasingan.

    Ang punto ng rape ay ang pagsabi ng “AYAW KO”. Needless to say, kahit lasing siya at tumambay kasama ang mga kumag na yan on her own free will: NA RAPE PA RIN SIYA. maggie: SHUT THE HELL UP. may pa boyfriend boyfriend ka pa diyan e napaka unrelated naman ng arguments mo. Kawawa ka naman. Stop acting as if you’re an intellectual being – you’re just a down right bigot. At bakit? bawal na ba ang kababaihan magpakasaya ng konti sa bar? Hay…nakakaawa ang mga utak niyo.


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