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A tale of two women: Two cases, one common thread

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – One ended her life apparently by slicing her wrists; the other stirred the city up by concocting tales of abduction and rape.

The common thread tying up the two different cases is family.

Last week, Thursday 18 August 2022, a 23-year-old woman stirred up the city with a story of abduction and rape. Details of her story were seemingly lifted from formulaic thriller film: she was snatched, drugged, then repeatedly gang-raped before she managed to escape her tormentors. (READ also: A harrowing story: Police probes reported daylight abduction, repeated rape of woman, 23)

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She sent police on a wild goose chase against the suspects not just in Bacolod but also in the neighboring city, only to end in a retraction later on

There was no abduction, no rape.

The story was made up according to the woman to get the attention of her family.

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Two days later, the body of an 18-year-old woman was found in a commercial complex here.

Her right wrist bore apparently self-inflicted wounds.

Police said there was no indication of foul play.

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The reason for the apparent suicide: family pressure.

Which opens up the discussion anew of how important family is to one’s mental state and health.

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Hannah A. Papasin
Hannah A. Papasinhttp://facebook.com/hannah.mariveles
Writer. Critic. Professor. She started writing since primary school and now has two published textbooks on communication. A film buff, she's a Communication, Media Literacy and Journalism Professor of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, and has a Master's Degree in English.
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