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July 03, 2013

Binay files Electronic Violence Against Women Bill

Senator Nancy Binay has just filed a bill called Electronic Violence Against Women (E-VAW) Law of 2013, a law that aims to protect individuals from online violence including cyber-bullying.

The E-VAW aims to regulate “the exploitative and irresponsible use of social media that has become a mode of disseminating scandals involving both television personalities and private individuals.” In addition, victims of online violence by perpetrators like a relative, former spouse or partner, or an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, can seek protection under the proposed law.

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Being bullied or harassed by a known perpetrator, or someone close to you, has a serious emotional and psychological impact than being hassled by a stranger. Mas masakit sa mga biktima kung kakilala nila ang gumagawa ng mga panliligalig sa kanila.” Binay said.

The bill defines “electronic violence” as “any act involving the exploitation of data that can cause or is likely to cause mental, emotional and psychological distress or suffering to the victim.” These involve the following:

  • unauthorized recording, reproduction or distribution of videos showing the victim’s private areas
  • uploading or sharing any form of media with sensitive and indecent content without the victim’s consent
  • harassment through text messaging, electronic or any other multimedia means
  • cyberstalking, including the hacking of personal accounts on social networking sites and the use of location trackers on cellular devices
  • the unauthorized use of the victim’s identity (pictures, video, voice, name) for distribution that can harm the victim’s reputation

Under the proposed law, any act causing electronic violence against a woman and her child is punishable by 6 months to 6 years imprisonment, while “threats causing electronic violence” is punishable by 1 month to 6 months.

Violators can be fined up to Php300,000 to Php500,000 depending on the gravity of distress caused to the victim.

Cyber-bullying has become one of the most common “online violence” that’s been reported to authorities in the past couple of years. A previous report from NBI-CIDG claims that 7 out of every 10 cases filed with them are related to cyber-bullying or libel.

There have been numerous cases reported that victims end up committing suicide because of cyber-bullying.

{via: Rappler, PhilStar}


41 Responses to “Binay files Electronic Violence Against Women Bill”

  1. SpockEntrprze says:

    as the brother of a sister who commited suicide after her ex posted nude pics of her… I whole heartedly support this bill… I cried after reading this… FUCK YOU TROLLS. FUCK YOU anti women fuckers! FUCK ALL OF YOU!

    • FADLuvr says:

      Links? ^_^

    • pics says:

      pics or it didn’t happen!

    • Me says:

      We are very sorry for your loss…

      But why the hell are you swearing here?
      If you don’t agree on what is being posted here then stop reading and close the page.

    • lolwut says:

      your slutty sister shouldn’t have agreed to be taken her nude pics in the first place. stay away from this site if you’re just gonna rant and curse anyone who doesn’t agree with you..

    • epol says:

      buti nga sa sister mong pokpok!

  2. epol says:

    langya! sino ba adviser ng bobo na senadora nato? hindi ba nya alam may cyber crime law na naka pending sa SC ngaun? ano yan? kopyahan?

  3. chrysalis says:

    Why for women only? Are men not humans?
    It seems that Binay do not see men as humans and I smell a sexism and lack of equality with this bill. All humans be it a man or a woman deserve equal rights and equal laws that could protect them.

    It’s obvious that she’s filing this bill because she was butthurt about those bullying she received during the elections.

    • Dan
      Twitter: TheDanGalman
      says:

      In case you don’t know, the law is only applicable if you know the offender personally.

  4. jayron says:

    That’s right. Give more power to the feminist movement and let our society follow the decay of American morals. RIP Pinoy values.

  5. xtian says:

    Because of women are considered to be more weak than men. And that such laws are more applicable to them such as less to men who are considered a monger of society

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