Pssst, kuya! Anti-Catcalling Bill is Now Approved
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, October 09, 2018 4:50pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
After more than a year of hearings and readings, the Senate had finally approved the bill seeking to penalize catcalling and other forms of public or harassment.
Just last October 8, 2018, the Senate Bill No. 1326 or "Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act of 2017" passed the third and final reading. Hurrah!
The violations against this bill is categorized into three: light, medium, and severe.
Under this category, the violations include cursing, cat-calling, leering, persistent requests for name and contact details, malicious sexual jokes, and even homophobic and transphobic slurs.
First offense: P1,000 fine
Second offense: P2,000 fine or six to 10 days imprisonment
Third offense: P3,000 fine or 11 to 30-day imprisonment
As for medium violations, these include offensive body gestures, and exposing the private parts of the perpetrator, meaning to harass, threat, or intimidate the offended party.
First offense: P3,000 fine
Second offense: P4,000 fine or 11 to 30 days imprisonment
Third offense: P5,000 fine or one to six months imprisonment
Severe violations include stalking, unconsented touching, pinching, or brushing against the genitalia or other body of a person.
First offense: P4,000 fine or 11 to 30 days imprisonment
Second offense: P5,000 fine one to six months imprisonment
Third offense: P10,000 fine or one to six months imprisonment
Note: First offenders in all categories shall attend a Gender Sensitivity Seminar.
Although it is far from being a law, the Anti-catcalling bill gives hope to women that they will never be harassed anymore and that they become more empowered to be able to do something about it. Harassment affects women emotionally and mentally more than you know. We hope that upon the implementation of this bill, its sanctions would serve as a lesson to everyone who thinks they have a right to objectify women’s or anyone else’s bodies.