Increase the age in determining statutory rape in the Philippines
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In the Philippines, the current age of sexual consent is 12 years old. We are the lowest among our ASEAN neighbors, with an average of 16 years old. This current policy state enables more predators to commit child rape.
Sexual intercourse with a child as young as 12 is NOT automatically considered as child rape. We have seen countless of cases reporting sexual predators and watching the victim recount the incident. Imagine how difficult it would be to watch a 12-year-old do it.
Victims of child rape experience stress and trauma that are beyond their emotional capability. In 2016, the Department of Social Welfare and Development reported that there are more than 2,000 cases of child abuse reported. One-fourth of these cases are sexual abuse. Even with various policies in place to prevent child rape in the Philippines, child rape incidence continues to increase.
What we need to do is to amend our law. The Child Rights Network actively campaigns to increase the age in determining statutory rape. We must protect our children NOW.
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