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Thursday, March 26, 2015

WMSU law dean urges women to report men’s abuses

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) College of Law dean, Atty. Eduardo Sanson, has encouraged women who are or have been abused by their husbands or male partners to seek help and protection from authorities to avoid being “battered.”

In Dateline Teleradyo on Saturday, Atty. Sanson explained that women are given protection by the anti-Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) law (Republic Act 9262) from all forms of abuses.

“There are three classifications of violence and abuses against women: physical, psychological, and financial,” he said. Atty. Sanson explained that physical abuses include battering the woman, or inflicting physical harm. Psychological abuses include verbal cruelty towards the woman and financial abuses include not providing for the financial needs of the woman or wife.

He added that the law not only applies to married couples, but even to common-law (live-in) partners and boyfriend-girlfriend relationships.

“Abuses are a crime and the perpetrators are criminally liable,” he emphasized citing that a man can go to prison if found guilty of violating the law.

In such cases, the women may report abuses to the barangay officials or the police. “The barangays can give a protection order,” Atty. Sanson pointed out.

Moreover, in the event a man is caught in the act beating or abusing his wife, police and barangay officials can immediately intervene.

The main problem, said Atty. Sanson is that many women in spite of being constantly abused refuse to report the incidents because of “love”. “Many of them remain silent because of a said ‘lovers’ pact’.”

The Philippines is a signatory to the international convention that protects women from all forms of violence. “As such, it has enacted laws particularly for the protection of women,” added Atty. Sanson.

“Women are given special protection by the law because it recognizes her special needs, especially because men should take care of them instead of abusing them,” he said.