6 January 2013

Cambodian Rape: Blame the Victim

A young Cambodian girl, a rape victim, was terrified of telling her father. Eventually she did: her father slapped her in the face and laid the blame upon his daughter for straying too far from the family home.

An 11-year-old victim of gang-rape was severely traumatized in court by defense counsel who continually demanded to know why she hadn't called out for help during and after the attack. Eventually the pre-teen managed to sob that she hadn't wanted anyone to find her naked.

A Cambodian judged stated that he believed 85% of rape complaints were false. (Research in the U.S. shows that the number of false complaints is approximately 2%)

A disabled Cambodian girl was brutally beaten and then gang-raped in Kandal province recently. Local police chief Pam Sam Eth whilst claiming that he is "working hard on this case," also laid some of the blame upon the victim: “It was already 9 p.m. when she was raped. She shouldn't have been out so late."

Is it any wonder, then, that the crime of rape is grossly under-reported in Cambodia?
Is it any wonder that rape in on the increase in Cambodia?
And is it any wonder that most Cambodian people have little or no faith in the Cambodian justice system?

See also: Veata: A Cambodian Child

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