What Causes Rapes? 'Beautiful Women', Says The President Of This Country

President Duterte said last year, "what I don't like are kids (being raped.) You can mess with, maybe Miss Universe"

The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has again come under fire for joking about the number of rape cases in his country. At an event, Duterte suggested that the high number of rape cases in Davao city was mainly because of ‘beautiful women’.

“They said there are many rape cases in Davao. As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases.”

He further went on to further ask rhetorically,

“Who agrees to do it on the first request anyway? Will the woman allow it? No. ‘Don’t, no, ahhh.’ Nobody agrees to do it on the first try. That is rape.”

The leader’s ‘rape jokes’ were severely criticised by women’s rights activists who said that his comments “help normalize rape” and accused him of rolling back women’s rights in the country. Many said that it was scary that “people still laugh at them”.

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President Duterte has a long, misogynistic history of making rape jokes. Last year, he suggested that it might be acceptable for someone to rape Miss Universe.

“What I don’t like are kids (being raped.) You can mess with, maybe Miss Universe.”

When some parts of the Philippines were under martial law last year, he jokingly assured soldiers that he would “take care” if soldiers raped up to 3 women.

“Just do your job, I will take care of the rest…If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me.”

Many on social media have had enough and began condemning the Philippine president by using the hashtag #RapeJokesAreNeverFunny.

President Duterte openly boasts of having mistresses and has called human rights “bullshit”.