Frankie Pangilinan urges public to 'denormalize' rape culture


Posted at Jul 13 2020 04:51 PM


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MANILA -- After making headlines for calling out broadcaster Ben Tulfo for his victim-blaming remarks, Frankie Pangilinan is encouraging the public to do their part in "denormalizing" rape culture in the country.

The music newcomer made the statement in a recent webinar organized by Thomson Reuters, which tackled rape culture and victim blaming.

"Denormalize it... call it out. People who say things that are extremely damaging should be held accountable," she said.

"We have to destroy the idea that prevention is better than the solution," she added, as she called for a "bigger, wider solution" to end rape culture. 

The daughter of Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan and actress Sharon Cuneta also reiterated the need for institutions such as schools to be a "safe space" for students, amid news and rumors of sexual harassment by male teachers in all-female campuses.

Lawyer Estrella Elamparo of Divina Law agreed with Pangilinan, saying that anyone can contribute to "denormalizing" rape culture through social media and other platforms that are available to them.

"It's only a matter of being creative," she said, citing Pangilinan's efforts in "helping the grassroots movement end victim-blaming culture."

Aside from being a strong advocate of women's rights, Pangilinan is also known for being an outspoken critic of the Duterte administration.

Last month, the 19-year-old singer sought to bring her protest to the streets amid the controversy surrounding the anti-terror bill.

"I want to go out and scream and fight," she said.