[VIRAL] Photo of a girl in ‘fragile’ tape, shows harassment on the rise

Have you ever imagined yourself covered with a packaging tape? In public? Oppressed with movement because of tape ?
For Nikki Melchor, she had already imagined it and her imagination came to life. This is because a photo of her of which she is covered with packaging tape printed with word, ‘fragile’ and her mouth also covered has now gone viral on social media. 
A Facebook post of her friend went like this:
This is Nikka Melchor’s performance art. This is her protest. Read the signboard beside her. It’s overwhelming how people with the same issue approached her and wrapped her with the fragile tape; and how Nikka took the courage to express about it in an artistic and meaningful way.
I left the area after 30 minutes because it was hard for me to see her finally speak up and show her vulnerability and issue. We were only talking about this last month, and finally.
It happens to a lot of people- it knows no gender. And we have to do something about it.
viral photo

“Fragile strength is not gone”. Nikki Melchor stood in a plaza inside the University of Santo Tomas with her body covered with ‘fragile’ tape and a mask that barred her from freedom to move and to speak up. (Photo screen grabbed from Jay-em Cuntapay’s Facebook post)The signboard read like this:

The signboard beside her read like this:
Wrap my body with FRAGILE if you have ever been PHYSICALLY, SEXUALLY or VERBALLY HARASSED and were not able to do anything about.
Conclusion is that people who saw her and her message of protest have actually put a tape over her body to show their same sentiments to that of Nikki. 

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Harassment
In the Philippines, it is not only Nikki or the people who have put a tape on her are the victims of harassment of any form. In fact, according to the Philippine National Police-Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC), one in twenty-five women age 15-49 who have ever had sex experienced forced sexual intercourse first while one in ten women of same age group experienced sexual violence. 
For physical harassment, there were reported 3,564 cases of physical injuries in 2013 while 317 cases of attempted rape in the same year. There also some 1,030 cases of acts of lasciviousness and 1,259 cases of rape both in 2013. 
These harassment and violence are happening despite of the existence of Republic Act 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 and Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004. 
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References: 
http://www.pcw.gov.ph/statistics/201405/statistics-violence-against-filipino-women
http://pcw.gov.ph/wpla/antisexual-harassment
http://pcw.gov.ph/law/republic-act-9262

 

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