News has spread all over social media as discourse starts spurring. What ignited this heat on the internet are the confessions of Kyle Viray’s victims of physical and emotional abuse.
After a long time of considering you and what we had, I think it’s about time I clear things up. I know this is long overdue but the feelings that held me hostage were the reason for me to be blinded of all your red flags. You weren’t worth shit.
— Kim (@dianekiimberly) July 14, 2018
This will be my last post about you. Remember the time na binuhusan moko ng smoothie sa uptown just bc of some petty shit and after non pag di ka binalikan ssbhn mo magpapakamatay ka. Jusqqqq so glad you’re outta my life already pic.twitter.com/tVpEiHZF4C
— Gil Morales (@giiiilllllyyy) July 14, 2018
The motivation behind one of the posts is the other’s confession of a similar experience.
The two women have experienced similar physical abuse from the same person, Kyle Viray. Outrage spurred upon knowing that he has not paid for his actions. The University of Santo Tomas, the university he is attending, has given him a mere community service as punishment for these allegations.
Not only does this perpetuate crimes like this with such menial punishment, it also propagates victim blaming. Through this, crimes such as physical abuse are perceived as something smaller than what they should be. Thus, its victims have deemed attention seekers.
One Twitter user said, “What good does clamoring for drama and dragging people down do? Maybe we ought to learn how to settle and/or comment on things in the most humane and compassionate way possible.”
However, this is the exact reason why posting online is not for clout.
It’s the only way to spread awareness in this culture of victim blaming prevalent in the Philippines. Majority of the time, perpetrators of these crimes get away with little to no punishment. Systems of institutions clearly favor that of the abusers. Moreover, society then continues to put the blame on the victim and rationalizing the actions of the abusers. Voices are left unheard, and hands uncuffed. Injustice continues to reign under these institutions.