Sunday, August 1, 2021

Family members involved in one-third of rape cases in Cambodia: Report

Victims of sexual assault from a family member face an uphill battle for justice, an NGO said.

• December 10, 2020
Rape photo used to illustrate this story (Photo Credit: Guardian Nigeria

Rape within families is widespread in Cambodia with the largely underage victims regularly failed by the legal system, new research has found.

The report was released on Thursday by an NGO, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defence of Human Rights (LICADHO).

It stated that nearly a third of rape or attempted rape cases that it investigated involved either a blood relative or in-law of the victim.

Analysing all of the 446 cases it probed between 2017 and 2019, the NGO found that some 80 percent were children under 18.

Victims of sexual assault from a family member face an uphill battle for justice, said LICADHO Deputy Director of monitoring Am Sam Ath.

“The harms of family rape are well known, but there is still not enough being done to make sure that perpetrators are held accountable,’’ he said.

Out of the 137 cases involving a relative, only 53 percent resulted in a conviction that led to the perpetrator serving an appropriate prison sentence.

Some 19 percent resulted in a light conviction, a short sentence and, or the perpetrator being convicted in absentia without an arrest.

While other cases remain in limbo, many victims were unable to come forward, the group said.

“The long-standing and persistent barriers to justice for people who are raped in Cambodia are compounded for women and girls who are raped by a relative.

“These individuals face additional barriers of family pressure to ignore sexual violence, and often rely financially on the perpetrator,’’ the authors wrote.

More from Peoples Gazette

Photo of Private Jets used to illustrate the story


Customs give two weeks ultimatum to private jet owners in Nigeria to pay their duties

According to the spokesperson, there would be more revenue to be accrued to the federal government with the exercise.

Edward Ajogun


Man arrested for murder of Okada rider in Ogun

The suspect said the okada rider collapsed while they were fighting.


NDLEA intercepts drug-peddlers en route Liberia, Italy, Turkey

One of the suspects claimed that the desire to make money pushed her into drug trafficking.

Victor Osimhen


Osimhen shines as Napoli defeat Bayern Munich

The red hot Osimhen led Napoli’s attack brilliantly on the day, giving Napoli the lead in the 69th minute courtesy of an assist from Adam Ounas.

Tobiloba Amusan


Amusan makes women’s 100m hurdles final

She will run from lane six against seven other qualifiers on Monday.

Buhari and koo


Buhari becomes special ambassador for Indian app Koo

Mr Buhari’s image was featured on Koo’s social media advert with the app promising to provide “exclusive updates from him only on Koo App!”