Yes, the petite girl on the photo below may look weak to you and very easy to harass. But no, she is one hell of a warrior and is ready to fight back. People of the Philippines, meet Ryiene Espino, who punched the face of pervert who took advantage of her inside the LRT, where passengers are usually crowded and women are being helplessly harassed.
“Diz young thug just punched a guy in the LRT for taking advantage of her!!!!! FEMALES ARE STRONG AS HELL JSYK #girlpower #DONTUS” Nicole Sumagui tweeted this Monday, January 30, as a caption of the photo of her friend, Ryiene Espino. As you can see, she has a bandage on her right hand, which she used to punch the pervert inside the LRT.
Apparently, there was no information on the pervert’s identity and how he took advantage of the young college student. But in tweet, Ryiene Espino said she punched him straight on his face. The said photo went viral on Twitter, and netizens praised the bravery of the petite student. Some of them said they wish that her hand will get well soon.
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Credit: Nicole Sumagui Twitter
Sad to say, this is not the first time that a man abused a woman in public. Luckily, some women maintained their composure and took videos of the incident, and posted them on social media. And for those who are not aware, the law protects women and is very strict on perverts. This does not only apply to rape, but also in any form of sexual harassment.
Thanks to Republic Act 7877, also known as Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, which is “An Act Declaring Sexual Harassment Unlawful in the Employment, Education or Training Environment, and For Other Purposes.” This law passed the Senate on February 8, 1995 and was signed by then-President Fidel V. Ramos.on February 14, 1995.
Section 7 states that “Any person who violates the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction, be penalized by imprisonment of not less than one (1) month nor more than six (6) months, or a fine of not less than Ten thousand pesos (P10,000) nor more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000), or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court.”