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.