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STATEMENT OF WOMEN’S GROUPS ON THE RAPE COMMITTED BY SIX U.S. SERVICEMEN
6 November 2005

We demand that the Philippine Government pursue all means necessary to
immediately prosecute the six U.S. servicemen charged with raping a Filipino
woman in Olongapo City. The Philippine government should do no less. The
government owes it to all Filipino women.

This is not the first time U.S. soldiers abused a Filipino woman. This is not
the first time U.S. soldiers showed pure contempt for a Filipino woman and, in
effect, Filipino women in general. The reported details of the rape committed
by the six servicemen show that contempt: the driver who witnessed the incident
reportedly said that after the woman was raped she was dumped on the road like
a pig.

Now that the victim has dared report the heinous crime, her person is being
attacked. In an effort to discredit her story, she has been called a “sex
worker,” a loose woman, a willing victim. She is blamed for what happened.

Those who had been raped and those who work with victims of rape know that the
reality of rape is otherwise. There is never a justification for rape. No
woman, whatever her character, reputation or station in life, deserves to be
raped. Every rape results in grievous harm to the victim’s physical and mental
integrity. Every victim’s healing and recovery requires justice.

And so this latest violation of a Filipino woman’s humanity and rights must not
be left unpunished.

The Philippine government must ensure that the victim of the six U.S.
servicemen receives adequate support and the appropriate services she needs to
pursue her claim for justice to the very end.

It must pursue all means to get custody of the six U.S. soldiers and ensure
that an effective and speedy trial of the six is conducted towards ensuring
that justice is served.

We call on our people to join us in collective condemnation of the rape and to
be steadfast and vigilant in our call for justice for the victim. #

AKBAYAN
Amnesty International – Pilipinas
Alliance of Progressive Labor – Women
Asian Women Human Rrights Center / Lolas Kampanyera
BUKLOD (Olongapo City)
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
Katipunan ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KALAYAAN)
LABAN NG MASA
LIKHAAN
Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Angeles City (NAGKA)
Pandayan/PAKISAMA
PIGLAS-APL
Piglas Kababaihan
Philippine Working Group (PWG), International Women’s Network Against
Militarism
PhilCuba Association
SANLAKAS
SARILAYA
WomanHealth Philippines / FDC
Women’s Crisis Center (WCC)
Women’s Education, Development, Productivity Research & Advocacy Organization
(WEDPRO)
Women’s Legal Bureau (WLB)
Women Rage /Partido ng Manggagawa
Women Step In, Gloria Step Down Movement
Women Working Together to Stop Violence Against Women (WWTSVAW)
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LIHAM NG MGA GRUPONG KABABAIHAN
PARA SA BIKTIMA NG PANGGAGAHASA NG MGA U.S. SERVICEMEN
6 Nobyembre 2005

Naniniwala kami sa ‘yo, kabaro.

Hindi namin kailangang makita ang iyong mukha o malaman ang iyong pangalan para
masabi namin ito.

Sa matagal na panahon ng aming pagsama at pagtulong sa mga biktima ng
panggagahasa, alam namin kung gaano kahirap ang lumantad bilang biktima. Lalong
hindi madali sa iyong kalagayan dahil ang iyong isinusuplong ay anim na
sundalong Amerikano. Alam namin na hindi ka magrereklamo kung hindi totoo ang
iyong sinasabi.

Kaya naman sa tapang na iyong ipinakita para simulan ang hakbangin tungo sa
hustisya, sinasabi namin na naniniwala kami sa iyo at nandito kami para
tumulong sa abot ng aming makakaya.

Hindi kaiba sa marami sa amin ang matinding pinsala sa kaisipan at pagkatao na
bunga ng pang-aabusong ito. Ilan sa amin ay naging biktima rin. Marami sa
amin ay araw-araw na humaharap sa mga biktimang gaya mo at tumutulong bilang
counselor, therapist, doktor, abogada, tagataguyod, kasama, kaibigan.

Kasama mo kami sa iyong pag-iyak, dahil ang iyong karanasan ay karanasan ng
marami. Kasama mo kami sa matinding sakit na iyong nararamdaman, dahil ramdam
din namin ang pagyurak sa iyong dignidad at pagkatao, gaya ng ginawa ng
maraming sundalong Amerikano sa maraming babae sa Angeles, Olongapo, at iba
pang lugar. Kasama mo kami sa iyong paghangad ng hustisya, dahil ito ang
nararapat at ito rin ang inaasam ng marami nating kabaro na naging biktima gaya
mo.

Alam namin na ang iyong paghilom at paggaling ay nakasalalay sa maraming bagay,
kasama dito ang pagkuha ng hustisya.

Sana ay maging matatag ka sa mga susunod na araw. Sa iyong pakikipaglaban para
sa iyong dignidad at karapatan, taos-puso kaming nag-aalay ng aming tulong.
Nandito kami. Handang samahan ka. #

AKBAYAN
Amnesty International – Pilipinas
Alliance of Progressive Labor – Women
Asian Women Human Rrights Center / Lolas Kampanyera
BUKLOD (Olongapo City)
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-Asia Pacific (CATW-AP)
Katipunan ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KALAYAAN)
LABAN NG MASA
LIKHAAN
Nagkakaisang Kababaihan ng Angeles City (NAGKA)
Pandayan/PAKISAMA
PIGLAS-APL
Piglas Kababaihan
Philippine Working Group (PWG), International Women’s Network Against
Militarism
PhilCuba Association
SANLAKAS
SARILAYA
WomanHealth Philippines / FDC
Women’s Crisis Center (WCC)
Women’s Education, Development, Productivity Research & Advocacy Organization
(WEDPRO)
Women’s Legal Bureau (WLB)
Women Rage /Partido ng Manggagawa
Women Step In, Gloria Step Down Movement
Women Working Together to Stop Violence Against Women (WWTSVAW)

The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on Nov. 10th 2005

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