BACOLOD City – The town of Murcia has the highest number of rape cases for two consecutive years in Negros Occidental.
Of the 77 cases of rape that the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCCPO) recorded from January to November this year, 11 were logged from the Murcia municipal police station with two unsolved cases. The Sagay City police station came in second with seven cases. The Sipalay City and Talisay City police stations followed with six each.
On the same period last year, NOCPPO reported 155 rape cases in the province; 17 of which were recorded in Murcia with only one unsolved case.
NOCPPO spokesperson Major Edison Garcia noted that this year’s figures actually showed a decrease compared to last year.
Garcia said every police station in Negros Occidental is reaching out in the community to coordinate with the people in order to inform them not to be afraid in telling them in relation to this incident.
“It is not only law enforcers that make the action to prevent rape incidents; it’s a collaborative effort from various government agencies and the community,” he stressed.
Garcia urged parents to be vigilant and proactive in preventing incidents of abuse and exploitation of children.
According to the World Organization (WHO), sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights problem with both short- and long-term consequences on women’s physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health. WHO added that whether sexual violence occurs in the context of an intimate partnership, within the larger family or community structure, or during times of conflict, is deeply violating and painful experience for the survivor. (With WHO/PN)