7 out of 10 rape victims are children — CWR

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The Center for Women's Resources calls on aspiring leaders to file measures to end the abuses against women, as rape cases incurred a 92-percent increase in 2014.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A research and training institution for women expressed alarm over the rising number of rape cases in the country, as victims are getting younger.

The Center for Women's Resources (CWR) claimed the number of recorded rape cases increased by 92% from 5,132 in 2010 to 9,875 in 2014.

Meanwhile, violations of Republic Act 9262 or Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act jumped 200% from 2010 to 2014.

"Despite more than 37 laws, executive and administrative orders pertaining to protect women and children, the victims of violence are getting younger and the abusers are becoming bolder and harsher," said Jojo Guan, executive director of CWR.

CWR also cited data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), indicating that compared to the several thousands of rape cases, only 7,416 were in jail in December 2012.

Call for justice

Guan blamed impunity and exploitation as the roots of unresolved cases of violence against women and children.

"It is a culture where the powerful dominates the powerless. The powerful controls the economic and political setting. Such domination is translated in the treatment of women, especially those who belong to the marginalized sector," she said.

As the May elections draw near, Guan called on aspiring leaders to give concrete measures as to how they would put an end to abuses against women.

"Women want to choose leaders who have the political will to punish the perpetrators so that the victims will get the justice they deserve," said Guan.

"Women also demand to scrap the policies and programs that predispose them to different forms of violence."

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