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A T-Shirt Saying Rape Is "A Snuggle With A Struggle” Has Been Pulled From Stores

SM Supermalls say it's investigating how it came to be sold in its stores.

Posted on September 23, 2014, at 6:04 a.m. ET

The biggest mall operator in the Philippines has pulled a t-shirt that said rape was a "snuggle with a struggle" after outraged customers complained on social media.

The t-shirt was spotted by writer Karen Kunawicz on sale in the teen boys' section of a SM Supermall. On Monday, she photographed the t-shirt design and shared it on her Facebook page:

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The photo of the shocking t-shirt design was quickly shared thousands of times by furious Filipinos who accused SM Supermalls of propagating rape culture:

Having serious WTF moments today what with Bench and SM promoting #rapeculture. No means no. Rape is always rape. #stupid #stupid #dangerous

Betty Romero@BettyRome

Having serious WTF moments today what with Bench and SM promoting #rapeculture. No means no. Rape is always rape. #stupid #stupid #dangerous

3:18 AM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Disturbing rape t-shirt at the largest mall in the Philippines. Sadly rape is not taken seriously by many Filipinos. http://t.co/r01wfMnRVh

Roots of Health@ROHorg

Disturbing rape t-shirt at the largest mall in the Philippines. Sadly rape is not taken seriously by many Filipinos. http://t.co/r01wfMnRVh

2:49 AM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Snuggle with a struggle" doesn't make rape CUTE. WTF is wrong with SM???

The Zambo™@raffyzamora

"Snuggle with a struggle" doesn't make rape CUTE. WTF is wrong with SM???

1:43 AM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Snuggle with a struggle? Really? SM wants boys to walk around wearing a shirt defining "rape" in the most distorted way? Ew.

Pat@PatriciaCruz_

Snuggle with a struggle? Really? SM wants boys to walk around wearing a shirt defining "rape" in the most distorted way? Ew.

5:29 PM - 22 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Way to wear your ignorance on your sleeves. RT @ariaclemente: "It's not rape, it's a snuggle with a struggle." shirt? Watch it, SM.

Reina Bambao@reinaregina

Way to wear your ignorance on your sleeves. RT @ariaclemente: "It's not rape, it's a snuggle with a struggle." shirt? Watch it, SM.

5:00 PM - 22 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

After spotting the online reaction the next day, SM Supermalls posted an apology to customers on its Facebook page.

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SM Supermalls – who own 46 malls across the Phillippines and have expanded its operation to China – claim the shirts are being pulled from its stores.

BuzzFeed News have contacted SM Supermalls for a comment.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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