Don’t Blame Rape Victims, Says Nun in Philippines

Sr. Mary John Mananzan Calls for Change of Attitudes

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A Catholic nun has joined calls for change of attitudes towards sexual assaults on women, reported CBCP News.

Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan challenged the view that female rape victims are responsible for being assaulted.

“Don’t blame the victim,” Sr. Mananzan said.

The nun made the statement after a police station in Lucban town in Quezon province told women not to wear skimpy clothes in order not to be victimized.

The police hierarchy has ordered an investigation into the June 11 Facebook post, which has since been deleted.

But Sr. Mananzan countered victim-blaming, adding that some rape victims are even elderly and simple women.

“The blame is totally on the rapist, the predator,” she said.

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