It's Not Rape: It's a Snuggle with a Struggle

Rape: It’s a Snuggle with a Struggle

Rape is committed in the Philippines every 72 minutes. Someone is likely being raped right now and by the time you’ve finished your lunch, someone has been sexually abused and traumatized. The rape victim could be a total stranger or that person could be your relative. Official figures in 2013 reveal a total of 7,409 reported rape cases. This is a relatively low figure because, fact is, a lot of rape cases are unreported. And the figure increases every year. These are some of the reasons why rape is always a serious problem. It’s never a funny topic, even on t-shirts.

The photo was posted by Karen Kunawicz in facebook, with this caption: “Really SM Department Store? In the boy’s section? “It’s Not Rape, It’s A Snuggle With A Struggle?” SM–the same mall that has the daily angelus and refused to show Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” in the cinemas? Boys listen to Tita Karen–if a girl says NO and pushes you away, just err on the side of caution, she likely means NO. And go watch “Sweeney Todd.” WTF, SM.”

SM issued this statement: “We’ve been informed via social media that we might be stocking a t-shirt with a message that we too find unacceptable. We are investigating on how it was even displayed and will be pulled out immediately.” The Boys Night Out (BNO), on the other hand, denied that the shirt is part of their collection.

So, while this matter is being looked into, perhaps it’s high time to revisit and discuss the calls to reimpose the death penalty?

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