Teachers to get online training on child abuse intervention

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:16 PM

The Safe School for Teens website trains teachers how to properly respond when a student tells them that he or she is being sexually abused – whether at home or in school

EQUIPPING TEACHERS. Teachers can now learn how to properly respond to child abuse reports through the Safe Schools for Teens website.

House approves SOGIE equality bill on 2nd reading

Sep 14, 2017 - 10:14 AM

This is the farthest the bill has gone in the legislative process since it passed on 3rd and final reading during the 11th Congress

EQUALITY CHAMPS. Legislators celebrate after the SOGIE Equality Bill is approved on 2nd reading. Photo courtesy of Jeff Crisostomo

[Two Pronged]: Friends without benefits

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Toni seeks advice about her relationship with her husband

Illustration by Alyssa Arizabal

[Two Pronged] A brother-in-law's temptation

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:37 PM

Anna s brother in law confides in her about his sexual temptations

Let's talk about sex: Ilya is the adult sex store you never knew you needed

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Armed with a friendly informed staff and several flavors of ice cream the Ilya team is turning sex talk in the Philippines on – one satisfied customer at a time

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Taylor Swift donates to sexual assault charity

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The pop star was awarded a nominal 1 in damages in a sexual assault lawsuit against DJ David Mueller

TAYLOR SWIFT. The singer said she will be donating to various organiztions that aid and empower victims of sexual assault. Photo from

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Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit

Aug 15, 2017 - 7:40 AM

UPDATED Swift is awarded the nominal 1 in damages she had asked for capping an emotional day for the Bad Blood singer who broke down in tears during the closing arguments

In this file photo, singer Taylor Swift attends the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Jason Merritt/Getty Images for iHeartMedia/AFP

Judge tosses out radio DJ's claim that Taylor Swift got him fired

Aug 13, 2017 - 12:26 PM

US District Judge William Martinez says that the case filed by David Mueller should have been with the radio station

Taylor Swift tells US court of shock over alleged groping

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:52 AM

He stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him [His hand] didn t let go

TAYLOR SWIFT. This file photo taken on October 21, 2016 shows singer-songwriter Taylor Swift performing her only full concert of 2016 during the Formula 1 US AGrand Prix in Austin, Texas. Swift told a court on August 10, 2017 of her shock as she realized she was being groped during a photo opportunity ahead of a gig in the US. File photo by Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP

Taylor Swift 'cost me my career,' radio host tells jury at groping trial

Aug 09, 2017 - 11:03 AM

David Jackson Mueller denies he touched the singer during a photo opportunity in 2013

Taylor Swift in court as trial begins in groping case

Aug 08, 2017 - 11:05 AM

The singer alleges that radio DJ David Mueller grabbed her buttocks during a meet and greet before her concert in Denver back in June 2013

TAYLOR SWIFT. The pop star goes to court for a supposed groping incident in 2013. Screengrab from

[Two Pronged] Gay and impotent

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

I m attracted to some women but I ve only had sexual encounters with men – am I gay?

Illustration by Raffy de Guzman

[Two Pronged] Experiencing pain during sex

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:25 PM

This week s letter sender Elena asks how to be intimate with a man who is well endowed

Illustration by Nico Villarete/Rappler

Leaving the sex industry and starting anew

Jul 30, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Danica who became a sex worker at 12 years old recalls her ordeal and how she began a new life

YOUNG. Danica is just one of the thousands of child victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in the Philippines. All photos from Joy Maluyo/World Vision

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Jul 26, 2017 - 8:12 PM

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Cops rescue 6 female minors being pimped to foreign tourists

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:26 PM

The two sisters decisive action results in the arrest of 3 suspected female pimps and the rescue of 4 girls aged 13 14 15 and 17

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Jul 26, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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Woman nabbed in Bohol for using girls in cybersex

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Authorities rescue 4 girls among them two minors who were forced to perform livestreamed sexual acts for foreigners

[DASH of SAS] Gonorrhea making a comeback

Jul 21, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Gonorrhea is showing resistance to older and cheaper form of antibiotics – making it harder and in some cases impossible to treat

547 boys were abused at German Catholic choir school – lawyer

Jul 18, 2017 - 7:07 PM

UPDATED In his final report on abuses at the Regensburger Domspatzen cathedral choir school between 1945 and the early 1990s lawyer Ulrich Weber says he uncovered 67 cases of sexual abuse and 500 cases of other physical violence

ULRICH WEBER. Lawyer Ulrich Weber, in charge of the clarification around an abuse scandal at the Regensburger Domspatzen boy's choir, presents his report during a press conference on July 18, 2017 in Regensburg, southern Germany. Photo by Armin Weigel / dpa / AFP

[Two Pronged] Performance anxiety

Jul 17, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Al says he s having problems with his erection because of his wife s harsh words

Illustration by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler  Illustration by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Growing chorus denounces sexist Silicon Valley culture

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Now increasing numbers of women are going public with complaints of gender based discrimination – in some cases leading men to step down

TECH WORLD. A view of Startup Alley during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 - Day 3 at Pier 36 on May 17, 2017 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Thousands march in London for gay Pride milestone

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:38 AM

This year s Pride Parade also marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in England and Wales

PRIDE PARADE. Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community take part in the annual Pride Parade in London on July 8, 2017. Niklas Halle'n/AFP

US judge sets Bill Cosby retrial for November 6

Jul 07, 2017 - 11:02 AM

The comedian has been publicly accused of sexual assault by some 60 women

ON TRIAL. Bill Cosby arrives on the sixth day of jury deliberations of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 17, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/ AFP

Emotional blackmail: 8 signs your 'romantic' efforts are crossing the line

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:30 PM

There s creepy behavior that people misconstrue or try to pass off as romantic Are you guilty of them?

Tech incubator founder resigns after admitting 'creep' behavior

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:52 PM

I m a creep I m sorry blogs Dave McClure admitting having engaged in inappropriate behavior towards women

RESIGNATION. Dave McClure relinquishes his CEO and General Partner positions at 500 startups. Image from Facebook

Orgies and Tinder: Millennials are having a lot of sex, some with a deadly price

Jul 01, 2017 - 8:27 PM

An old virus has new victims: HIV is now infecting the youth faster than any other age group due in part to technology and unsafe sex

Catholic Church rallies behind Pell after sex charges

Jun 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

The George Pell I know is a man of integrity in his dealings with others a man of faith and high ideals a thoroughly decent man says Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher

SUPPORT. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017 after being charged with historical sex offenses in a case that has rocked the church. Pell says he will return to Australia to face sex abuse charges. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Even 2-month-old babies can be cybersex victims – watchdog

Jun 29, 2017 - 5:40 PM

International Justice Mission says abuse comes in many forms with children s parents even sometimes involved in their own exploitation

Stolen boys: Life after sexual slavery in Afghanistan

Jun 26, 2017 - 6:37 PM

Bacha bazi is not seen as homosexuality in Afghanistan s gender segregated society – instead the possession of young boys decked out as pretty women symbolizes power and primacy

BACHA. In this photograph taken on May 23, 2017, Afghan former bacha Aimal, now in his 30s and who works as a youth activist, takes part in an interview with AFP at a house in Kabul. File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

U.S. judge declares mistrial in Cosby sexual assault case

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:37 PM

2nd UPDATE The jury says they remained deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict on the fallen TV star s case Prosecutors vow to seek a retrial

BILL COSBY. Actor Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 6, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Not sure which streets are safe? This app will guide you

Jun 17, 2017 - 10:21 PM

Safetipin is a mobile application enabling users to rate and share their ‘safety perception’ of areas in their city

SAFETY THROUGH AWARENESS. The application champions safety by letting users know which areas seem safer to go to based on other users' ratings.

LGUs hold key to ending sexual harassment in PH

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:03 PM

Local governments should enforce ordinances penalizing sexual harassment in public spaces says an expert on women empowerment

GLOBAL TO LOCAL. UN Women Asia-Pacific Consultant Katherine Belen stressed that local government executives need to step up in creating policies that promote safety in public spaces. Photo by Rambo Talabong

[Two Pronged] 'Momol' to prepare for potential heartbreak?

Jun 13, 2017 - 10:40 PM

This week s sender wants to know if making out with different men is good practice for when she finally gets a serious relationship or suffers heartbreak

Cosby won't testify, defense rests in sex assault trial

Jun 13, 2017 - 12:00 AM

In one of America s biggest celebrity trials in years the 79 year old pioneering black comedian faces 3 counts of aggravated indecent assault which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a 25 000 fine

COSBY TRIAL. Bill Cosby enters the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, as his assault trial continues, on June 12, 2017.  Photo by David Maialetti/AFP

'I wanted it to stop,' Andrea Constand tells Cosby trial

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Andrea Constand the main accuser in Bill Cosby s sexual assault trial gives her testimony

ANDREA CONSTAND. Bill Cosby's main accuser testifies at his trial. Photo shows Constand walking to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 6, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Photo by Matt Rourke/AFP Photo

Tearful testimony as Cosby sexual assault trial opens

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Kelly Johnson is the first witness to testify against Cosby who she says sexually assaulted her in 1996

Actor Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 6, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Bill Cosby's trial for sexual assault opened June 5, 2017 in Pennsylvania with tearful testimony from one of his alleged accusers as prosecutors painted the megastar turned pariah as a sexual predator who established trust with younger women before incapacitating them with drugs and wine. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ

Rape within the family: The Philippines' silent incest problem

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Incest rape happens far more often in the country than official data shows but it remains to be an unspeakable secret within families – leaving girls to suffer repeated abuse for years inside their own homes

INCEST RAPE. Lori was just 7 years old when she was raped by her uncle for the first time. Photo by Dyl Tolentino

2-year-old victim of online sex trafficking rescued in Iligan

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Authorities catch the suspects live streaming sexual abuse of Filipino minors

RESCUED. Minors ages 2, 6, 8 and 13 are rescued from this online sex den in Iligan City. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission (IJM)

[Two Pronged] Selfish in bed?

May 22, 2017 - 8:29 PM

In this week s Two Pronged Lia says when she tries to initiate sex her husband rejects her

India allows abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

May 17, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The child told authorities she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather but a newspaper quotes the victim s mother as saying she wants the accused to be set free

'I am a nun but I am pro-RH law' – Sr Mary John Mananzan

May 16, 2017 - 4:45 PM

At a forum that seeks to unite women Sr Mary John Mananzan hits critics of the reproductive health law – including bishops

[DASH of SAS] Whipping some sense into Tito Sotto

May 10, 2017 - 6:23 PM

This is what a man like you needs A man like you who doesn t know how to act when faced with a woman with a mind of her own and achievements that surpass your own

American nabbed for alleged sexual abuse of 13-year-old girl

May 02, 2017 - 11:12 PM

Police say the 13 year old victim went to a motel with the 63 year old American and was promised payment in exchange for sex

[Two Pronged] Am I gay?

May 02, 2017 - 1:13 PM

A Two Pronged reader asks if a past experience has affected his sexual orientation

Fox News fires embattled host over harassment allegations

Apr 20, 2017 - 10:57 AM

It is a stunning fall from grace for Bill O Reilly one of the biggest US media names who count President Donald Trump among his personal supporters

FIRED. Bill O'Reilly in New York in 2014. Photo courtesy Bill O'Reilly official website

[Two Pronged] My panty-sniffing habit

Apr 18, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Michael says he has a habit of sniffing women s underwear and asks Do I have a problem?

U.S. to provide $3.5 million to help PH combat child trafficking

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Under the agreement signed by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d Affaires Michael Klecheski NGOs will have their share of the fund

ANTI-CHILD TRAFFICKING. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Klecheski sign the child protection compact (CPC) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of the DOJ