Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Women and girls in Cambodia are facing an increasing risk of rape and sexual assault, a government report has said
It says that around a quarter of the female population faces domestic violence. But the study showed many Cambodians think it can be acceptable for a husband to assault his wife. The Ministry of Women's Affairs released its findings to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Long-held prejudices are combining with new forms of anti-social behavior to put young women and girls at particular risk, the report says. It said that the increasing use of drugs and alcohol by men is having a direct impact on the safety of female Cambodians. It suggests that gang rape is being treated as a "sport" in some areas - and that law enforcement agencies need to do more to stop it.