Sen. Risa Hontiveros Files Bills For #EveryWoman

Sen. Risa Hontiveros Files Bills For #EveryWoman

by Lex Celera

The Tres Marias strike back.

The “Tres Marias”, composed of Senator Risa Hontiveros, advocate for women’s rights, Dr. Sylvia Claudio and Anne Nicole Castro, have filed three bills that aim to protect women by combating harassment both online and offline.

In a press release by the Senate, the three bills are composed of the Gender-Based Electronic Violence Act (Senate Bill No. 1251), the Anti-Rape Act (Senate Bill No. 1252), and the Anti Sexual Harassment Bill (Senate Bill No. 1250).

The Gender-Based Electronic Violence Act would penalize homophobic and misogynistic-attacks committed online, while the Anti Sexual Harassment Act aims include offenses between peers and superiors and subordinates in current law.

But the biggest deal lies in the Anti-Rape Act, which focuses on consent as the main factor in rape, as compared to physical injuries and acts of resistance. The act also seeks to raise the age of what would be considered victims of statutory rape from 12 to 18. The act also adds the following as aggravating circumstances to combat rape:

(1) the use of video recording or electronic device during the commission of the rape; (2) the status of the offender as a personal of public or moral authority, when such authority is used to perpetrate the act of rape; (3) the perpetration of rape as a hate crime against those belonging to marginalized categories; and the repeal of the “forgiveness clause” in the Revised Penal Code.

“It’s time to interrupt and end the culture of rape and male sexual violence. We will bring the fight to our very homes, workplaces and the internet. We will give no quarter to misogyny and sexism. We will not allow the gross and blatant disrespect, sexual assault and objectification of our women and children to continue to take safe refuge in our communities,” Hontiveros said.

It’s about time we had these acts filed into legislation. Anne Nicole Castro and many other women have been suffering from harassment in a daily basis, and we need to stop these attacks beyond shaming them on social media. Thank you, Tres Marias.

Images from Risa Hontiveros’ Twitter / @risahontiveros

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