Where to Go: Online Resources for Sexual Violence Survivors
Guide to Reporting, Volume 1
Sexual violence–encompassing sexual harassment, assault, and stalking, among others–is an especially taboo topic in the Philippines. With stigma against survivors, limited sex education, and other entangled issues, it is often difficult for survivors to seek counselling or justice. In this compilation, we have listed counselling and legal resources to possibly aid survivors.
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Online Resources for Counselling and Legal Services
MALAKAS Coalition x Salinlahi
The MALAKAS Coalition is comprised of predominantly student groups determined to end sexual harassment, especially in schools. Established in 2020, alongside various school-specific groups promoting safe spaces and accountability, they regularly publish information around sexual harassment and concrete actions taken by individual schools. MALAKAS Coalition has partnered with Salinlahi to offer free counselling and legal services to students pursuing Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Misconduct cases.
To avail of their services, fill out their form and send it to their email. They ask for basic information–like your name and grade level–and for as much information as you want to pass on to them. After, they will reach out to you via email. The information you provide is confidential, but MALAKAS does share them with its partner organizations.
Tisya Hustisya is an initiative established in 2020 and run by the non-profit Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services (IDEALS). You can ask about your legal rights through Facebook messenger or text. Between 8AM and 4PM, lawyers address your questions through private messaging.
Project Sulong is a volunteer-led referral service run by three youth organizations. Established in 2020 by Amarela PH, Akbayan! Youth, and the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines, this initiative is committed to ending impunity for sexual predators. They publish relevant information via social media and after filling out a google form, refer victim-survivors to support services including legal services, emotional support, and temporary shelter. Like MALAKAS, they ask for basic and contact information and keep this confidential. They rely on a fundraising initiative, the Survivors Solidarity Fund, to run their free service.
Reproductive Health Information
Likhaan Center for Women’s Health
Likhaan Center for Women’s Health is a non-government, non-profit organization that provides free and confidential reproductive health services. They provide contraceptive pills and counselling, reproductive health information, and STI screening, among others. They have also been providing webinars via Facebook live. They have clinics throughout Metro Manila and in Bulacan and Eastern Samar.
Ask Dima Health on facebook is a free service where general physicians can answer your questions. It is run by Dima Philippines, which is an online store that delivers sexual health needs nationwide.
Legal Aid Clinics
Law schools throughout the Philippines typically have legal aid clinics run by law students and managed by practising lawyers. Different clinics will have different acceptance requirements, but most serve indigent clients who cannot usually afford legal services. Listed below are links to some official University websites.
- University of the Philippines College of Law, Office of Legal Aid
- Ateneo Legal Services Center
- San Beda College of Law
- University of Santo Tomas CJ Roberto Concepcion Legal Aid Clinic
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