MANILA – More people on social media are making a stand against rape culture in the country, including actress Jennylyn Mercado.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Mercado lamented how it has become common for other people to fault the rape victim.
“Nakaugalian na ng ibang tao sisihin ang isang rape victim. Kasalanan daw nila dahil sa galaw o suot nila. Pasensya na po, but this thinking is backwards,” she said.
The actress also emphasized that “rape exists because of rapists.”
“Paano ninyo mairarason ang mga biktima na mga bata at matanda na hindi naman nakasuot ng sinsabing ‘sexy na pananamit’? Walang pamantayan ng pananamit ang rape at sexual harassment,” Mercado said.
“No. You don’t blame the victim for choosing to be ‘malandi’ in your eyes. For choosing to wear revealing outfits. For choosing to put herself in a dangerous position. For being at the wrong place and time (madilim na lugar at gabi),” she added.
For Mercado, there is no reason that can justify a person getting sexually assaulted and no excuse for the assailant to commit the act.
“Blame the person who chose and chooses to rape her,” she said.