SC rules mere accusation of rape against stepfather signifies crime has been committed

In fact, in People vs. Soterol, the Court took the occasion to reiterate the earlier and long standing decisions to the effect that when a woman testifies that she has been raped, she says all that is needed to signify that the crime has been committed. This is true when made against any man committing the crime; it is more so when the accusing words are said against a close relative, such as appellant who is the stepfather of complainant. Indeed, in addition to such relationship, there further appears no motive whatsoever for complainant to impute such a grave offense to him. [G.R. No. 122359. November 28, 1996]