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The DNA Analysis Kit: Helping Sex Crime Victims Find Justice

Prototype version of the Sexual Assault Investigation Kit (SAIK).
Rape is one of the most prevalent forms of violence against women (VAW) in the country, ranking third among reported offenses at 13.1 percent from 1999 to 2009. But the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) and other concerned organizations are aware that the reality is far more troubling than the figures indicate. The social and cultural stigmatization associated with rape has silenced many victims about their ordeals. Those who do report rape incidents to authorities face another set of difficulties—from an over-reliance on victim testimony to the psycho-sociological and economic costs of …

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Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria: A Scientist’s Quest to Use DNA to Find Justice for All

Dr. De Ungria working in a laboratory in UP Diliman. (Photo from UP Diliman Information Office)
“She was stabbed on the left side of her body with blood on her abdomen spilling out on the floor.”[i]
This grisly observation may sound like it came from a popular crime drama series, like CSI. The source, however, is someone much closer to home. And behind the criminal cases and powers of deduction that many have associated with this source is a vision for the field of DNA analysis that is changing how justice is delivered in the country.
Since 1999, Dr. Maria Corazon A. De …

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