Rough Cuts | Better let men lose the ‘idea’

YESTERDAY some 40 Japanese from Okinawa in southern Japan visited the Nikkei Jin Kai, Inc.

Philippine-Japan Historical Museum in Calinan. Most, if not all of the Japanese visitors were descendants of Japanese who lived here in Davao during the pre-second World War era. Their ancestors played a significant role in laying the foundation of today’s economy of Davao City. They came to pay homage to their memory.
The Japanese businessmen operated Davao’s many massive abaca plantations, coconut farms and logging operation before the second World War. They also ran small shops and even operated public utility businesses, hotels, department stores, and pharmacies.
But most Okinawans who were farmers back there in Japan, came to Davao to work with Japanese entrepreneurs. When the war broke out many of them were recruited to the Japanese military and some kept “fugitive” lives with their Filipino families and friends.
Many Okinawans married native women and a good number of them settled in Calinan and outlying villages. After the war ended the surviving Japanese in Davao were repatriated to Japan. But some were unable to bring their families there. They were left behind. It was only during the Marcos era when former Japanese residents in Davao and elsewhere in the country were allowed to come back to the Philippines and find their remaining relatives.
Those Japanese who died and were buried in a designated cemetery in Mintal have become one compelling reason for the many organized pilgrimage of the deceased kin to Davao City. And many of these groups of pilgrims would never miss viewing the mementos of the vibrant Japanese society in the pre-war Davao. These mementos are kept for posterity in the Nikkei Jin Kai Historical Museum. And yesterday’s 40 Okinawan visitors of the Nikkei Jin Kai Museum saw them all.
Really, some of our Filipino women are extremely mad at what the Angono Police station in Angono, Rizal publicized as tips for women to avoid getting raped. Leaders of this women sector are saying that the way the tips are worded clearly manifest its gender insensitivity. The tips, according to the complaining women’s sector, focus more on the women who are the victims of the crime of rape and not on the crime perpetrators — the men.
Personally, we believe that the Angono police, in crafting the tips, do not have the intention to put the blame on the women for being raped. We see it as a fair warning for women that they also have a responsibility to help protect themselves against potential rapists. They need to be proactive.
As to the men from whose rank come the potential rapists, it is our take that the police are not wanting in actions that will remind the potential rapists of the consequences if they commit such heinous crime against women. But police and court records will show that rape has been found mostly committed by men who have psychologically disturbed minds. The perpetrator’s desire is usually perked up by circumstances such as isolation of the place where the would-be rapist finds his potential victim; and absence of other people that can possibly deter his maniacal intention. Of late the potential rapists are also taking advantage of the social media to entice would-be victims to “willingly” come to their lair. It is in that opportunity that they explore the gullibility of their would-be victims by offering them intoxicating drinks laced with drugs.
And the admonition of the Angono police for women not to wear get-ups that would be inviting attention of potential rape perpetrators reminds us of this rather “greenish” quote: “During the Victorian period in England women dressed in full body with clothes covering them from the arms to the neck down to their heels. They wore hand gloves. They dined on tables with draperies touching the floor, all for fear that men might have an ‘idea’.”
Apparently, these days the situation is in the reverse. “Women wear dresses with plunging neckline and rising hemline; don the shortest of shorts for fear that men might lose the ‘idea’.”
And sadly men that have the “idea” are those that do not even bother to think about respect for women. They are those who ignore sanity and do not have fear of the laws. They are those who live insane lives who stalk women and do their thing given the opportunity and sexually inciting looks of their potential victims.
Yes, we may agree that somehow, the tips appear targeting more the rape victims rather than the rapists. But still we believe that it is worthwhile to interpret the police’s admonition in the context of the circumstances that are known prevailing in the many rape cases now in the hands of the police for investigation or the judiciary for final disposition.
As one corporate motto aptly says, “Help those who help themselves.” Thus, we believe that by simply following the tips of the Angono police which may not be far different from what parents may have reminded their women in the house, rape cases can be avoided. That is the least women can do. Helping themselves by taking cognizance of the police tips is a fine way of helping the police prevent the commission of the crime of rape.

Posted in Opinion