PNP records fewer rape cases in WV

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Fewer rape cases have been reported in Western Visayas in the first three quarters of 2018, the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6 said.

Data from the PRO-6 showed there were 430 cases from January to September, 237 fewer than the 667 recorded in the same period in 2017.

This is a “bigh achievement,” Iloilo City police Women and Children Protection Desk chief clerk SPO3 Ruth Laudate said.

She said the Iloilo Police Provincial Office recorded the most rape cases from January to September with 118, followed by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Police Office (NOCPPO) with 106 and Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) with 56.

Laudate said victims are usually younger by several years compared to the suspect, with victims’ average ages between 12 and 17 compared to the suspects’ 18 to 34.

Also, she said their records showed most of the rape cases occurred in vacant lots, usually in rural areas.