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Victim-blaming: Why survivors of sexual violence won’t come forward

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:37 AM

‘When you hear that someone has been raped, it challenges our belief in a just, fair world.' People would then resort to blaming the victim to reduce the discomfort from an idea that conflicts with their belief.

Porn actor Ron Jeremy charged with rape of 3 women

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:23 AM

The adult film star is charged over 4 separate incidents spanning back to 2014 – raping 3 women and sexually assaulting a fourth

Hollywood executive David Guillod charged with multiple rape, kidnap

Jun 23, 2020 - 7:32 PM

David, an executive producer for the movies 'Atomic Blonde and 'Extraction' denied all the charges

Jennylyn Mercado, Gab Valenciano take stand against rape culture, victim blaming

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:03 PM

'Rape exists because of rapists' – end of argument

Vhong Navarro trends on Twitter after Kat Alano posts about 'rhymes with wrong'

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Former VJ and model Kat Alano explains why she didn't press charges against her alleged rapist, whose name 'rhymes with wrong'

'That 70's Show' actor Danny Masterson charged with multiple rapes

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:43 AM

The US actor is accused of raping 3 women at his Los Angeles home during separate incidents between 2001 and 2003

K-pop stars' gang rape, spycam jail terms cut

May 12, 2020 - 5:25 PM

Singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young's sentence has been cut to 5 years, while Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of boyband FT Island will serve 2.5 years

K-pop star Jung Joon-young (C) arrives for questioning at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency in Seoul on March 14, 2019. - A burgeoning K-pop sex scandal claimed a second scalp as a singer who rose to fame after coming second in one of South Korea's top talent shows admitted secretly filming himself having sex and sharing the footage. Jung Joon-young, 30, announced his immediate retirement from showbusiness amid allegations he shot and shared sexual imagery without his partners' consent. (Photo by JUNG Yeon-Je / AFP)

India doctors fight to save sight of raped 7-year-old

Apr 24, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Police arrest a 21-year-old man over the assault in the central state of Madhya Pradesh

PROTESTING RAPE. Swati Maliwal (C), head of the Delhi government's Commission for Women, speaks during a protests against rape and violence against women in New Delhi on March 6, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

2 Marikina cops arrested for raping female detainees

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:29 PM

'I am dismayed. Our authority as law enforcers can never be and should never be an instrument of any form of abuse,' says Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas

MARIKINA COPS. In this photo, Marikina police personnel are accounted for before their deployment to secure lockdown checkpoints in the city. Marikina police photo

India hangs 4 over 2012 Delhi bus gang-rape

Mar 20, 2020 - 3:07 PM

'All 4 convicts (were) hanged at 5:30 am,' says the head of the Tihar Jail in the Indian capital

Security personnel stand guard as an ambulance carrying the bodies of four executed men enters Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital in New Delhi on March 20, 2020. India executed four men for the gang-rape and murder of a woman on a Delhi bus in 2012 that sparked huge nationwide protests and international revulsion. Money SHARMA / AFP

Harvey Weinstein transferred to New York state prison

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The convicted rapist is assigned to the high-security Wende Correctional Facility following a stay at New York's Rikers Island prison

HARVEY WEINSTEIN. In this file photo taken in February 2020, the convicted rapist arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Harvey Weinstein: From Hollywood 'God' to convicted rapist

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:57 AM

The formerly 'untouchable' Hollywood mega-producer is now a convicted rapist, set to spend 23 years of his life in prison

Welsh singer Duffy reveals rape, kidnap

Feb 26, 2020 - 8:41 AM

Duffy reveals that her long musical hiatus was spent recovering from a violent assault that saw her 'raped and drugged and held captive over some days'

Age of empowerment,' accusers hail Harvey Weinstein convictions

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Ashley Judd, Ellen Barkin, Rose McGowan, and Asia Argento are among the celebrities who hailed the women for testifying against the movie producer

'Sopranos' actress Anabella Sciorra tells Weinstein trial: 'He raped me'

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:43 AM

Sciorra is the first of Weinstein's accusers to testify in proceedings symbolic to the #MeToo movement

ANNABELLA SCIORRA. The actress leaves the courtroom in Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 23 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele / AFP

Former Grammy head flatly denies rape allegation

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:03 PM

Former CEO Neil Portnow denies the accusations made by Deborah Dugan, who was suspended from the organization

(FILES) In this file photo The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow speaks onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. - The ousted chief of the organization behind the Grammys filed a complaint on Tuesday accusing the Recording Academy of putting her on leave after she raised concerns about sexual harassment, voting irregularites and other misconduct. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Pasig police arrest suspect in rape, strangling of young girl

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:09 PM

A raiding team from Barangay Pineda in Pasig finds the lifeless body of the Grade 1 student inside the house of the suspect

Suspect Gomer Sobido, photo from Pasig police

Japan journalist wins high-profile #MeToo case

Dec 18, 2019 - 12:13 PM

Journalist Shiori Ito is the outspoken symbol for #MeToo in Japan, where the movement against sexual harassment and abuse struggles to take hold

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito speaks outside the Tokyo district court on December 18, 2019 after hearing the ruling on a damages lawsuit by her, accusing a former TV reporter of rape. A Tokyo court awarded 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in a high-profile case that spotlighted the "#metoo" movement in Japan. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AF

Fury in India over new rape-murder case

Nov 30, 2019 - 11:14 PM

A 27-year-old veterinary doctor was gang-raped, killed, and then her body burned

RAPE-SLAY. Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold candles and a banner as they participate in a candle light procession calling for justice following the recent rape and murder case of a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad, in Siliguri on November 30, 2019. Photo by Diptendu Dutta/AFP

K-pop star Jung Joon-young jailed for 6 years for gang rape, spycam crimes

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

South Korean singer Jung Joon-young is convicted of gang rape and secretly filming and then distributing illicit sex videos of his female partners

Spanish 'Big Brother' show in hot water over handling of alleged rape

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Companies have pulled their advertising from Spain's 'Big Brother' reality show over how it poorly handled an alleged rape of a female contestant

Swedish prosecutor drops Assange rape probe

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:05 PM

'The evidence is not strong enough to file an indictment,' says deputy director of public prosecutions Eva-Marie Persson

ASSANGE. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2017, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks from a balcony at the Embassy of Ecuador in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Rape, incest and inequality – the other reasons for teen pregnancies

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Sex education isn’t only about what body part goes where. It is about teaching boundaries and protecting those boundaries by distinguishing between a good touch and a bad touch.

French actress Valentine Monnier accuses Roman Polanski of raping her as a teen

Nov 09, 2019 - 12:00 PM

It is the latest accusation against the Polish-born director who fled to France from the US after admitting to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl

ACCUSED. Roman Polanski seen here at a film festival in Deauville, France in September 2019, faces a new rape accusation from French actress Valentine Monnier. Photo by Loic Venance / AFP

3 men charged with gang-raping French tourist in Cambodia

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The men — a 36-year-old taxi driver and two construction workers aged 19 and 23 — face up to 15 years in jail if convicted

Former NBC producer accuses Matt Lauer of rape

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC in 2017 due to 'inappropriate sexual behavior,' is accused of rape by a former NBC colleague

Demi Moore reveals she was raped at 15

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:22 PM

The actress tells Diane Sawyer of her 'colorful' past, including her rehab for substance abuse

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Demi Moore attends the L.A. Premiere of Screen Media's "Corporate Animals" at NeueHouse Los Angeles on September 18, 2019 in Hollywood, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP

'Protecting rapists': Protesters accuse Japan of failing women

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:41 PM

While the global #MeToo movement against sexual abuse has stormed through everything from Hollywood to the Italian opera, it struggles to take off in Japan

JAPAN'S ME TOO PROTESTS. This file photo taken on June 11, 2019 shows a demonstrator holding a placard during a protest against the lack of substantial legal protection for sexual assault victims in Tokyo. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Sanchez's wife on paying victims P12-M damages: 'Wala kaming intensiyon'

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The wife of rape and murder convict Antonio Sanchez says they won't pay the families of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez because the former mayor is 'innocent'

NOT PAYING. The family maintains that Antonio Sanchez did not commit any crime.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo admits meeting Sanchez family in Malacañang

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The convict's former lawyer, who is now spokesperson of President Rodrigo Duterte, does not see anything wrong with it

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Bong Go: Duterte 'blocked' release of rape-slay convict Sanchez

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'Sa tignin niyo papayag si Pangulong Duterte na may backer sa ganung krimen? Heinous crimes? Definitely, wala pong sinasabing backer,' says Senator Christopher 'Bong' Go

MAXIMUM SECURITY. Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

France opens rape, child assault inquiry against Epstein

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 PM

'The investigations...will focus on potential crimes committed against French victims on national territory as well as abroad, and on suspects who are French citizens,' says Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz

EPSTEIN. In this file photo, members of a protest group called 'Hot Mess' hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

[PODCAST] Ang batas na puwedeng magpalaya sa rapist-murderer na si Antonio Sanchez

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:51 AM

Ano ang epekto ng RA 10592 kay convicted murderer-rapist na si Antonio Sanchez?

Mother of Allan Gomez joins UPLB protest rally against release of son's murderer

Aug 23, 2019 - 12:23 AM

'Parang walang katinuan ang mga taong humalay at pumatay sa mga mahal namin sa buhay,' Mrs Illuminada Gomez recalls the heinous crime committed 26 years ago

LOST A SON. Illuminda Gomez, mother of slain Allan Gomez, talks to the media about her reaction on the impending release of convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez on Thursday, August 22 at the UP Los Baños. Photo by Pat Echano/ Rappler

Antonio Sanchez was denied clemency in 2019

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:40 PM

But, says Justice Secretary Guevarra, if someone is denied clemency, he can still qualify for early release based on good conduct time allowance

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

#NoToSanchezRelease: Netizens, groups demand justice for ex-mayor's rape-slay victims

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Netizens question the integrity of the Philippine justice system, wonder which between the rape-slay and impunity is worse

Remember? Salvador Panelo was Antonio Sanchez's lawyer in UPLB rape-slay case

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo counts convicted murderer-rapist Antonio Sanchez as among his former clients

'Dapat binitay na siya noon,' says Bato dela Rosa on rapist-murderer Sanchez

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Lawmakers want a review of the Bureau of Correction's computation on rape-slay convict Antonio Sanchez's good conduct time

CONVICT. Rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez (center) may not step out of the New Bilibid Prison soon. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Malacañang on possible Antonio Sanchez release: 'We can't do anything'

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:58 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo denies he has anything to do with the possible early release of his former client, Antonio Sanchez, saying the convicted rapist-murderer is 'automatically' among the potential beneficiaries of the law and Supreme Court ruling

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

'Affirm his 7 life sentences': Thousands sign petition to keep rapist-murderer Sanchez in prison

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:26 PM

'He used his power and position to kidnap, rape, and murder. His actions terrorized a university and an entire town. For full justice to be served, he must remain incarcerated for the duration of his lifetime,' the petition says

Drilon wants Senate probe into rape-slay convict Sanchez's reduced sentence

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Antonio Sanchez, who was convicted for 7 terms of reclusion perpetua for rape and murder, has been caught with P1.5-million worth of shabu in his cell

OUT TOO SOON? Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon wants Antonio Sanchez' upcoming release to be investigated. Rappler file photo

Eileen Sarmenta's mother demands proof of rapist Sanchez's good behavior

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:35 AM

'Nag-start na kaming makapag move-on, we want to live normal lives pero ito na naman po, bumalik na naman lahat,' says Eileen Sarmenta's mother Clara

EILEEN SARMENTA RAPE SLAY CASE. Maria Clara Sarmenta on her way home from a television interview on August 22, 2019, after news broke that her daughter Eileen's rapist and murderer, Antonio Sanchez, is set to be released soon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Antonio Sanchez of 1993 UPLB rape-murder case to get out soon – DOJ

Aug 20, 2019 - 8:21 PM

This is thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling that retroactively applied a reduced prison term law

Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on May 29, 2017 as Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said that he is considering deploying members of the military as additional forces after recieving reports of continuing drug trade inside the detention facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Neymar 'relieved' after rape case dismissed

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Football superstar Neymar says the 'scar will remain' even after the dismissal of his rape case

Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Neymar rape case dismissed

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

A Brazilian judge dismisses the rape case against football superstar Neymar

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 4, 2019, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. - PSG star striker Neymar has made an appeal against his suspension for three games in the Champions League next season, UEFA told AFP on May 10, 2019, confirming reports in the newspaper L'Equipe. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Brazil prosecutors ask judge to close Neymar rape case

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Football superstar Neymar may have just gotten a reprieve as prosecutors agree with Brazilian police on the lack of evidence to prove the rape allegations

Photo by Evaristo/AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges in US

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:53 AM

A district attorney in the state of Nevada says it would not prosecute Cristiano Ronaldo for the alleged rape case

FREE. Cristiano Ronaldo strenuously denies the rape accusations. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Marikina mayor fires traffic aide accused of raping a trainee

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:02 AM

A medico-legal examination conducted by the Eastern Police District Crime Laboratory shows indications the 23-year-old victim was sexually abused

Jeremiah Belgica appointed Anti-Red Tape Authority chief

Jul 05, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Belgica's appointment as ARTA director general means the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Ease of Doing Business law can now be approved

100,000 South Koreans call for judge to be sacked over child rape case

Jun 20, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Women's rights activists and the public protest the verdict, which reduces the sentence from 8 years to 3, saying child victims of sexual violence were not being protected