TAGBILARAN CITY, March 18, (PIA)—The entire 2015, Bohol noted 112 cases of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), a mar in the clean slate Boholanos would have wanted to project.
Bohol may not yet be a paradise for women as 2015 records would show, but authorities see Boholanas now actively seeking protection, thus explains the figures in the blotters.
From the Case mapping for Violence Against Women (VAW) in Bohol from January to December 2015, records show 59 cases of acts of violence against women and their children, or averaging a case every week.
Republic Act 9262 or the Anti Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004, defines violence against women and their children as any act or a series of acts committed by any person against a woman who is his wife, former wife, or against a woman with whom the person has or had a sexual or dating relationship, or with whom he has a common child, or against her child whether legitimate or illegitimate, within or without the family abode, which result in or is likely to result in physical, sexual, psychological harm or suffering, or economic abuse including threats of such acts, battery, assault, coercion, harassment or arbitrary deprivation of liberty.
Violence against women and their children also includes: physical, sexual violence (rape, sexual harassment, acts of lasciviousness, treating a woman as a sex object, making demeaning or suggestive sexual remarks, physically attacking sexual parts of the body, forcing to watch pornographic materials, forcing the wife or mistress to live in the conjugal home, forcing to have sex or prostituting), psychological violence, economic abuse or battery.
That is not all, though.
Despite the VAW law, Bohol is also burdened with 11 cases of rape filed separately from the potential cases of rape lumped in the VAW case map.
As to rape, 2 cases happened in Tagbilaran, another two in Carmen and one each for Balilihan, Catigbian, Dauis, Maribojoc, Loon, Tubigon, and another in Buenavista.
Other than the VAW complaints gathered by police blotters, also filed separately are some 24 cases of physical injuries against women, 8 acts of lasciviousness and 5 cases of concubinage.
As to the Case Mapping which was shared by the Office of the provincial Social Welfare and Development, Tagbilaran City flies a red flag with 14 complaints filed by residents in violation of Anti VAWC, 16 separate cases of physical injuries, 2 cases of rape, 2 acts of lasciviousness and 3 concubinage.
Carmen comes in far second with 4 anti VAWC complaints, 2 rape cases, an act of lasciviousness, a physical injury and one threat. Catigbian, Loon and Tubigon follows with each having 6 filed cases.
Observers who also saw the case mapping results point out that the cases reflect the new consciousness Boholanas are not having, seeking protection from aggression or violence by reporting.
In a separate interview, Hanna Mae Lubiano, Social Welfare Officer of the Provincial Social welfare and development said the office is sending teams to the towns to do awareness campaigns, this time including the husbands.
The OPSWD's Enhanced Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities (ERPAT) aims to allow more men to know the rights of women while Men Opposed to Violence Everywhere is another of these initiatives, Lubiano recalled.
A parallel training is also being done to empower VAWC desks in town police stations to properly handle cases and engage more women in asserting their rights, she revealed. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)