Shortly after Municipal Police Station warned girls not to wear short clothes to prevent sex crimes, Frankie Pangilinan voiced out her opinion on the matter on social media.
“Stop teaching girls how to dress?? Teach people not to rape,” Frankie wrote on Twitter.
“Breaking news: my clothing is NOT my consent,” she continued in another tweet.
Following her statements, TV and radio personality Ben Tulfo wrote Frankie a tweet, calling her “hija” and saying “a sex offender’s desire to commit a crime will always be there.”
Tulfo continued and said all the sex offenders need is “an opportunity, when to commit the crime.
“Sexy ladies, careful with the way you dress up! You are inviting the beast,” he added.
But Kakie wasn’t going to have any of it. Retweeting Tulfo’s statement, the young Pangilinan listed down her three important points, which we quote:
- Rape culture is real and a product of this precise line of thinking, where the behavior is normalized, particularly by men.
- The way any person dresses should not be deemed as ‘opportunity’ to sexually assault them. ever.
- Calling me hija will not belittle my point.
Frankie then tweeted a screengrab of Tulfo’s Facebook note, where he called her “the wanna be smart aleck” and noted Tulfo was “braver on FB because he knows I’m not there.”
Shortly after, Frankie started using the hashtag #HijaAko — even went on to change her Twitter name to “Hija” and encouraged people to be stronger than their abusers.
“Mga hijo at hija, salamat sa mga DM ng inyong mga kwento. kahanga-hanga ang katapangan ninyo. You are bigger than your abuse and much stronger than your abusers don’t let ANYBODY tell you different,” Frankie wrote.
Frankie pointed out that “threatening to r*pe me or hoping i’m r*ped in order to somehow justify that victims are to blame — that’s the real brain gap right there.”
As of this writing, is trending on Philippine Twitter with over 2,500 tweets getting backlash from netizens.
Meanwhile, the PNP Facebook page was found shut down earlier on Sunday morning.
On Saturday, chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa directed the Directorate for Police Community Relations to look into the matter.
It seems that telling women how to dress to avoid rape has been the well-intentioned practice of the police. Two years ago, Angono Police issued a similar reminder advising women how to dress.
The internet did not take kindly to it, with Risa Hontiveros saying rape is the fault of the rapist, not of women’s clothing.
Perhaps, its advocacy communications specialist Chely Esguerra, who said it best: “Drunk driving campaigns don’t say ‘be careful because there are drunk drivers.’ They’re aimed at people who might get into drunk driving: ‘Don’t drink and drive.’ So shouldn’t the rape prevention campaign be aimed to sex offenders?” — Jannielyn Ann Bigtas/LA, GMA News