Woman bites off part of tongue of man who allegedly attempted to rape her

The incident is said to have taken place over the weekend in the Philippines

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A woman bit off part of the tongue of a man who allegedly attempted to rape her, it has been reported.

The incident is said to have taken place when the man entered the woman's home on Saturday morning.

The man, of Barotac Nuevo town, Iloilo, in the Philippines, is accused of sexually assaulting the woman, local media has reported.

The victim bit off part of the man's tongue during the incident.

The suspect, who has been detained, has denied attempted rape.

He accepts he entered the house, but denies engaging in any sexual activity with the woman, according to local media reports.

According to the Philippine Commission on Women, rape is one of the most common acts of violence against women in the country.

The organisation's website says: "Reported rape cases ranked third (13.1%) of the total reported VAW (violence against women) cases in the country from 1999 to 2009."

In September last year meanwhile, one of the biggest department stores in the country was forced to withdraw a T-shirt which appeared to justify rape after outrage erupted online.

The T-shirt, which was sold in the boys section at SM Supermalls, carried the logo: “It's not rape. It's a snuggle with a struggle.”

An image of the T-shirt posted on writer Karen Kunawicz's Facebook page attracted nearly 4,000 shares, with people taking to other social networking sites to express their outrage.

After posting the image, Ms Kunawicz wrote on the site: "I count myself among those worked really hard especially in the 90's for the rights of girls and women so it really got me upset. I was shaking when I took it. I wanted to throw up."

The retailer posted an apology on its Facebook page and said the T-shirt had been withdrawn from its stores.

The statement said: "SM does not support such irresponsible and malicious acts that mock important and sensitive social issues.

"We have immediately pulled out all the t-shirts of the consignor that distributes them, and we are investigating why it was included in our delivery of assorted T-shirts."