Was a drunken girl gang-raped at a bar in Bacolod City by her drinking buddies? This appears to be the case surrounding a viral photo making the rounds on social media.
According to Social Trends PH, the photo was allegedly taken at one of the popular bars along Lacson Street in Bacolod City. The blog mentioned that the photo uploader indicated the girl was drunk and was molested by several of her drinking buddies.
The girl and the perpetrators were not identified by the photo. The photo itself is quite alarming in so many ways.
First, this was apparent evidence of possible rape. Some of those who commented on the blog post shared their observation that the “girl seemed to like it” but if the girl was truly drunk, then she was not in her best capacity to make decisions. Thus, the guys who had their hands on her could face rape charges.
However, it is also possible that they could get away with the rape charges if the girl was not drunk and the incident was actually consensual. But would a girl really willingly do this if she was not drunk?
But the bottom line in this situation is that this girl could have been gang-raped while she was not in her right mind to fend off her drinking buddies’ advances.
Second, what if she was a minor? Well, if that is the case, then it raises more questions. We’re hoping that she is of legal age to be out drinking, partying, and everything else that comes with drunkenness.
Third, what’s happening to our youth today? This might be an isolated case but plenty of cases of the youth’s partying and various “immoral acts” have peppered news reports these days.
Fourth, this could constitute cyberbullying. This girl might have consented but she certainly did not wish for her photo to be plastered on the web. Although the photo here and in reports of the incident do not show her face and blurred out her private parts, other versions are available—with some even posting her solo picture alongside the now-viral photo. With her photos circulating the web, the girl is now the target of cyberbullies.
Fifth, the girl – the victim – is being blamed. If this was really rape, then the fault lies in the guys, not the victim. However, there is this widely accepted but ill-conceived notion that the girl wouldn’t have been raped if she did not go to the bar and went wild with the boys while wearing sexy clothing. Rape is rape and assuming she was asking it for it is a sexist misconception.