Anti-sexual abuse group wants Duterte meeting on sexual harassment in schools

Anti-sexual abuse youth group Enough is Enough wants to meet with Vice President Sara Duterte to discuss the proliferation of sexual harassment cases in schools, and how it can be a safe space for students as they prepare to conduct full face-to-face classes. (Photo via Getty Images)
Anti-sexual abuse youth group Enough is Enough wants to meet with Vice President Sara Duterte to discuss the proliferation of sexual harassment cases in schools, and how it can be a safe space for students as they prepare to conduct full face-to-face classes. (Photo via Getty Images)

Anti-sexual abuse group Enough is Enough (EIE) wants Vice President and Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Sara Duterte to act swiftly and decisively, as supporters and sympathizers of victims of sexual harassment and campus predators at Bacoor National High School (BNHS) are being threatened.

In a statement, EIE said that a MAPEH teacher in BNHS identified as a sexual harasser was threatening an alumna, saying that those who sympathize with the harassed students are "being screen shot."

"We will not stand idly as predators who supposedly have already been suspended by the DepEd still have the gall to threaten students. We call on the DepEd to act on their most recent transgressions and keep the predators at bay in order to prevent further harm," said EIE lead convenor Sophia Beatriz Reyes.

"We shall not be cowed into submission. Is it not enough that government policies and protocols favor the accused and victim-survivors have to go against the social stigma of being victimized and gaslighted by adults and persons of authority? We demand protection and we demand it now."

The group is calling on Duterte to hear out their proposals to make schools victim-friendly and a safe space for students in a closed-door meeting. EIE is concerned that if schools resume full face-to-face classes and the problem is not yet resolved, schools will not be conducive for students’ learning.

"The DepEd must act decisively if they wish to stamp out the menace of campus predators, and rid their agency of disreputable personnel and protect the youth," EIE said.

In a press briefing, DepEd Spokesperson Atty. Michael Poa revealed that five of the seven teachers accused of sexually harassing students at BNHS in Cavite have already been served with formal charges of grave misconduct and violation of the child protection policy.

The Cavite Schools Divisions Office (SDO), with the help of DepEd’s legal team, is still gathering evidence for the other two.

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