RAPE PROFILE IN MOUNTAIN PROVINCE
Claire Kaplaan P. Lafadchan
Willow F. Pangket
Venus Naida P. Bawiyan
Parline T. Ullalim
The Philippine Commission of Women states that rape is one of the most prevalent forms of violence against women and children (VAWC) in the Philippines. This is true in Mountain Province. The study revealed that among the 10 municipalities of Mountain Province, for four years 2014-2017, Paracelis consistently holds the highest reported cases of rape. Most of the victims’ ranges from ages 20 and below and perpetrators ranges from ages 11-30 years old. As revealed by the data obtained in the Provincial Police District, rape takes place between 8:00 in the morning to 8:00 in the evening. Amicable settlement is still being practiced in the province due to lack of orientation/awareness of the victim and family members of the victim on laws against amicable settlement. Institutional mechanism should be strongly established in the barangay level.