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DSWD is helping to heal victims of rape

/ 12:12 AM April 27, 2016

The Department of Social Welfare and Development advocates respect for and protection of women and girls.

Rape is a violation of human rights; it is unacceptable! No one regardless of age, sex, physical appearance, social status, race, sexual orientation or even profession deserves to be raped.

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The DSWD is one of the government agencies whose mandate includes rehabilitation and empowerment of victims/survivors of violence, especially the sexually abused. We maintain centers and institutions that provide services geared toward this end.

Rape is a serious and traumatic experience. Using it as a subject of joke is an insult to the victims, survivors and their families.

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If we cannot be instruments for their healing, the least we can do as citizens is to be cautious with our words and actions.

Let us work collectively for a society where every person is valued and human dignity is upheld!

—CEZARIO JOEL C. ESPEJO, director, Social Marketing Service, for the Department of Social Welfare and Development

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