THE victims in seven out of 10 rape cases documented from January to March 12 this year in Davao City were minors, police records show.
The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) said there were 38 rape cases reported in Davao City from January 1 to March 12. Of the total, 27 were minors while 11 were adults.
Based on the summary of rape cases of the Women and Children Protection Desks (WCPD), 14 of the 27 minor victims were rape victims, five were statutory rape victims, and eight were incestuous rape victims.
There were fewer rape cases so far this year compared to the 65 rape incidents recorded by DCPO in the first quarter of 2018.
DCPO spokesperson Ma. Teresita Gaspan said Wednesday, March 13, that a total of eight suspects were arrested while 39 remain at large. She clarified though that most of these cases were reported late as the incidents happened years ago but were reported only this year.
In a bid to lower rape cases, the DCPO is set to intensify its awareness drive against it.
The Kinder Cop project is also ongoing. Under this project, Children and Women's Desk police officers work jointly with social workers in educating the children from kinder to elementary.
These children are taught to distinguish between "good touch" and "bad touch" to protect them from sexual abuse.
The Oplan Sagop Kabataan operation of the police is also being conducted regularly to rescue unescorted children who are loitering around the streets beyond 10 p.m. to prevent them from getting involved in crimes.
“During our Oplan Kalinaw, part of our advocacy is the information dissemination on the rights of women and children and things to do to prevent being a rape victim and warn possible suspects on the consequences should they commit such crime,” Gaspan said.
Authorities have said that rape usually happens within the supposedly safe dwelling of the victim. Most cases are perpetrated by relatives or people close to the victims and so authorities have no control over it.
She added that there are still rape victims who have refused to report the abuses out of fear.