CHR denounces increase in instances of rape occurring within the home

Commission on Human Rights Condemns Surge in Home-Based Rape Cases

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has denounced the recent surge of rape cases across the country, citing nine recent cases, most of which involve minors who were victimized mostly by relatives.

“The home, traditionally seen as a sanctuary of love and safety, has tragically become the setting for these heinous crimes. This reality compounds the trauma experienced by the victims, as they are betrayed and violated by those whom they should trust the most,” the CHR said in a statement.

“The lifelong repercussions of such abuse extend far beyond the physical harm, often causing lasting emotional and psychological scars,” it added.

One of the cases involved an unnamed male who was arrested in Manila after allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter for two years. The victim also revealed that her uncle was the first to abuse her.

In Calamba, Laguna, a man allegedly raped his niece from age 10 until 17. The report noted that the suspect escaped to Bicol, where he allegedly raped his partner’s three minor daughters.

In Argao, Cebu, a man was arrested after allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter on multiple occasions. The victim confided in her sibling, who informed their grandmother who in turn reported it to authorities.

Another case in Metro Manila involved a 15-year-old student who was raped by a motorcycle rider suspect. According to the CHR’s report, the driver offered the victim a ride and even took her to a restaurant before abusing her.

The CHR also bared the police report of a tricycle driver who was arrested after allegedly repeatedly raping his 12-year-old goddaughter. According to reports, the victim did not inform her parents about the incident, but instead told her friends.

“These nefarious crimes should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Such acts not only inflict immense pain and suffering on the victims and their families but also undermine the most fundamental right of everyone—the right to a dignified life,” the CHR said.

To deliver justice for the survivors, it urged relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate each case and persecute the suspects to hold them fully accountable.

“We also encourage the victims and their families to speak out about these acts of abuse and violence. The Commission acknowledges that it takes immense courage to come forward, but doing so is the first step toward seeking justice and accountability,” the CHR said.

It encouraged the public to report emergency cases of violence against women and children, and gender-based violence through the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center’s Facebook page or by calling 0919-7777377.

To report cases of sexual abuse, the CHR Citizens’ Help and Assistance Division can be reached at (02) 82948704, 0920-5061194, and 0936-0680982.

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