Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Gang rape exposition



Gang rape exposition

Gang rape exposition

Evidence for young, male involvement in pre-meditated gang rapes on women (not only

commercial sex workers), has been provided by several research initiatives undertaken

on behalf of Population Services International, Gender and Development for Cambodia,

World Health Organisation, Womyn's Agenda for Change and CARE International in Cambodia.

Up until this point, all such research has been limited to Phnom Penh. The CARE International

study, Gang Rape: The Perspectives of Moto-Taxi-Drivers across Cambodia provides

a country wide rapid assessment on the extent of this human rights issue.

The Post article (July 30, 2004) neglected to clearly report the study findings.

A total of 24 assistant researchers conducted interviews with 192 moto-taxi-drivers

working in red-light and guest-house districts in 20 provinces and four cities across

Cambodia. This sample was chosen given their role in providing transport and the

fact that they had nothing to gain, or lose when asked if they had heard of instances

of gang rape.

The findings indicated that 61 percent of the moto-taxi drivers interviewed had heard

of local instances of gang rape. Of these, 50 percent had heard of an incident occurring

in the past two months. In all of Cambodia's major urban centres, only in two provinces

(Oudor Meanchey and Mondulkiri) had moto-taxi drivers not heard of a local instance

of gang rape. This survey clearly suggests that gang rape cannot be dismissed as

a Phnom Penh-only issue.

The Post article further stated that there is "no law clearly defining bauk

and no law to punish offenders". In Khmer slang, the word bauk is used to describe

multiple men having sex with one woman, the notion of consent is absent from this

expression.

In regard to the law, rape perpetrated by more than one man is clearly addressed

by article 5, adopted by the National Assembly on Dec 19, 2001 during the seventh

plenary session, second legislature. The article states that if rape is committed

by more than one perpetrator, the severity of sentencing is increased: "the

punishment to be applied shall be the imprisonment with labour of fifteen (15) to

twenty (20) years."

The survey was undertaken on behalf of the Playing Safe project, a CARE International

and Gender and Development for Cambodia initiative funded by the EU/UNFPA as part

of the Reproductive Health Initiative for Youth in Asia.

In addressing young men's sexual and reproductive health needs, we seek to promote

safe and responsible male sexual behaviour. Information about the youth centre and

educational/recreational activities is available at www.playsafe.info

Tong Soprach and Luke Bearup, researchers
Sharon Wilkinson, CARE Cambodia Country Director

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia to make auto-rickshaws

    Locally-assembled electric auto-rickshaws could hit the Cambodian market as soon as early in May after the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) gave the greenlight to an investment project at the weekend. According to a CDC press release, it will issue a final registration