NOCPPO spokesperson Major EdisonGarcia noted that this year’s figures actually showed a decrease compared tolast year. On the same period last year, NOCPPOreported 155 rape cases in the province; 17 of which were recorded in Murciawith only one unsolved case. Of the 77 cases of rape that theNegros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCCPO) recorded from January toNovember this year, 11 were logged from the Murcia municipal police stationwith two unsolved cases. The Sagay Citypolice station came in second with seven cases. The Sipalay City and Talisay City police stations followed with sixeach. Garcia urged parents to be vigilant and proactive in preventing incidents of abuse and exploitation of children. “It is not only law enforcers thatmake the action to prevent rape incidents; it’s a collaborative effort fromvarious government agencies and the community,” he stressed. According to the World Organization (WHO), sexual violence is a serious public health and human rights problem with both short- and long-term consequences on women’s physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health. WHO added that whether sexual violence occurs in the context of an intimate partnership, within the larger family or community structure, or during times of conflict, is deeply violating and painful experience for the survivor. (With WHO/PN) Garcia said every police station inNegros Occidental is reaching out in the community to coordinate with thepeople in order to inform them not to be afraid in telling them in relation tothis incident. BACOLOD City – The town of Murcia hasthe highest number of rape cases for two consecutive years in NegrosOccidental.