By Malou Liwanag-Bledsoe
One out of five Filipino women is abused, according to the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development. However, these statistics only represent reported incidents of abuse. Many instances go unreported because victims live in remote villages and are not educated or informed of resources and their rights.
This year, the “Annual Kundiman 808” evening of love songs and live art will be dedicated to raising awareness about domestic violence, the Filipino Community Center announced.
“One out of four people is or will become a victim of domestic violence,” Lt. Randy Caturay, member of the San Francisco Police Force and the Alliance for Community Empowerment, recently told the audience at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco.
The California Supreme Court rejected an appeal March 19 the case of People v. Beltran, by a man convicted of murdering his former girlfriend, Filipino American single mother Claire Grace Tempongko.
A free legal clinic for survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault will be held on March 1 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Louis B. Meyer Lounge, Hastings College of the Law on 198 McAllister St. , First Floor (at Hyde).