FEARLESS. Galilee Tan, Ingrid Delgado, Vincent Magsalin, Mary Salceda, Chris Cheng, and two others unveil "The Naked Truth" to advocate anti-sexual terror, not just within the university campus but also in society. PHOTO COURTESY OF The Naked Truth

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By Amaranth Xena Soleil Saludar

World Health Organization (WHO) reported that globally one in three women experiences physical and sexual violence in their lifetime that is inflicted by an intimate partner. WHO further claimed that gender-based violence is a “major public and clinical health problem and a violation of women’s human rights, [which is] rooted in and perpetuates gender inequalities.”

Addressing this issue, De La Salle University (DLSU) – AB Sociology freshman Galilee Tan advocates anti-sexual terror, as she shared her own #HijaAko Twitter thread in solidarity with the victims of sexual assault and harassment.

Hence, along with the University of the Philippines and DLSU sophomores Ingrid Delgado, Vincent Magsalin, Mary Salceda, Chris Cheng, and two others (who preferred not to be named), Tan created The Naked Truth (NT). They started NT during the #ZobelDoBetter Twitter trend to address gender-related issues, document the experiences of the victims, and make people understand the reality of sexual terror, not just in the DLSU system but also in society.

Tan also shared the journey and progress of NT as they strive to “deface broken systems [and] lessen the victims” of sexual terror.

“After speaking to USG and the Zobel Alumni Association, I didn’t want NT to be counterproductive, getting in the way of any progress they were making in implementing and discussing their platforms to the admins of the institutions. And of course, it’s not just an LS issue,” Tan continued.

On behalf of NT, Tan also stated that sexual terror is always discussed but never gets enough attention, and people got desensitized in a way about related issues. Thus, they aimed to expand their reach to apprise the public.

“We’re all at least vaguely aware of these issues (i.e., objectification of women) but also so used to it that we live with it. In a way, no one is innocent in this problem that plagues our society. Instigating the behavior and not doing anything is different, but not doing anything is still complicit. Treating the symptom doesn’t kill the disease, so our goal now is to educate the public,” said Tan.

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