By Sara Isabelle Pacia
Was it rape or an extortion attempt?
In 1998, Elena (not her real name) was barely 13 when she got pregnant after having been raped by a neighbor. An orphan, she sought solace in a new center for abused girls.
Pope Benedict XVI fired a 52-year-old Slovak bishop for apparently mismanaging his diocese in a rare show of papal power over bishops that could have implications for U.S. sex abuse cases.
I was a victim of date rape in college when I was 17 years old. I was so drunk I don’t even remember what happened. I just knew the beast who cornered me the whole evening was the married brother of my dorm mate. To hide my pregnancy from my parents, I asked to go to the province of my mother in the south and stay with my favorite aunt and “get to know life,” I said. I was a problem child, and they were only too glad to let me go. We’re five siblings; I am the only girl and the most spoiled.
An organized parade of half-naked women on EDSA was the first thought that flashed through my mind when I saw my computer screen announce a “Slut Walk.” According to my Facebook events notification, a friend of mine had been invited to attend one. I imagined the event would draw in a crowd of scantily-clad women, [...]