House bill against online shaming of women, kids approved on 2nd reading

The House of Representative has approved on second reading House Bill 8655, which seeks to address the growing number of incidents and cases of electronic violence against women and children.

After its approval in the plenary, final reading passage is assured and transmittal to the Senate is mere days away, according to the bill’s principal author.

“We have now made it easier to victims, law enforcers and prosecutors to bring to justice abusers and perverts who use social media and other means of electronic communication to inflict psychological violence and humiliation against women and children,” said Rep. Bernadette Herrera, chair of the House Committee on Women and Gender Equality.

Kapag naisabatas na ang E-VAWC, mas madali nang makakalap ang ebidensiya at mabubura sa Internet ang anumang malalaswa at mapanirang-puring posts o comments ng mga abusado at manyak,” she also said.

The party-list congresswoman said HB 8655 proves the “responsiveness of Congress to current and emerging threats to the welfare of women and children.”

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