No special law to protect men from abusive women

NAGA CITY --- There is no special law protecting men from sexual abuses committed by women, but men who are victims of domestic violence can file a complaint in court based on the provision of the Revised Penal Code, the spokesperson of the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (CSPPO) said.

Lt. Col. James Ronatay, CSPPO spokesperson, made the statement in reply to a question about abusive wives or women, who physically abuse their husbands or partners. The question was raised in connection with the issue of gender equality and the perceived bias in favor of women who are protected by several special laws.

Among these special laws protecting women are: Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004; Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995; The Anti-Rape Law of 1997; Magna Carta of Women; among others.

Ronatay said that legislators need enough basis like statistical data to create a special law that would protect men from sexual harassment and other forms of abuses committed by women, although he clarified that the Revised Penal Code provides a man with legal basis to file a criminal case against a woman who violates his basic human rights.

“Walang special law para sa lalaki pero may penal law, yung revised penal code,” he said.

Ronatay said, a male victim can file a complaint of physical injury if he is beaten by a female suspect.