We need more campaigns to stop gang rapes and child abuse

Kompot. Two gang rapes in a single month in Kompot province and two humiliated girls, one ready to commit suicide. The most interesting is that the gangsters are young as 16 years old and most of them students. On May 5 a group of 13 males abused a 16 years old. Eight of them are fugitives from justice. Last Monday, the court charged three students for the rape of a 20 years old woman in an infamous case. The police is searching for other four males.

These are only two cases inside the spooky reality of violence against women and child abuse in the country. It seems that rights of women and children are not a part of the formation of the youth, specially males. We can include in this complain the issue of foreign pedophiles who come to the country looking for minors and women like they were tourist destination. In most of the cases, same national males (some women also) help in the providing of children to the alien criminals.

16 years old girl and 20 years old woman abused by rape gangs

A girl of 16 years old was abused by a gang of 13 males in the Banteay Meas District on May 5. The police reported that the men, aged between 16 and 20, invited the minor to drink and eat in a lonely house. When the girl was drunk, at lest four of the gangsters abused her with the consent of the others. All of the males are students of high school in the district. The police could arrest five of them, who admitted the crime:  Eight more are fugitives from justice.

Last Friday, May 13, the police arrested other three male students implicated in the abuse of a young woman. The responsible of this infamous case is the same boyfriend of the victim. The man, who was reported only as Rotha, invited his girlfriend to a plantation. He invited also his friends with the purpose to drink and rape his girlfriend there. It seems that the woman was raped several times, before she was released and had to walk alone to her aunt’s house where she arrived late night. She let a note of goodbye to her aunt saying that she was ‘raped by many suspects’, according to the police report. When the aunt discovered the note, she searched for her with the help of a neighbor and found her in the fields ready to commit suicide. The woman was brought to the clinic and the aunt filled a complain before the authorities.

These cases should make us think in several questions: What our teenagers are learning at the schools? Most of them are students! Are the students receiving a real program of sexual education? If yes, which kind of program they are receiving? Are young males instructed about the rights of women and children? How families are integrated in the school formation of their sons and daughters? Which kind of values are the mass media giving to the Cambodian youth? Are teachers of basic and secondary school concern with the problems of drug, alcohol, prostitution and other risks for young people in their communities?

There is much to do in order to prevent this kind of crimes at the hand of teenagers. It is not enough the work of several NGOs and official departments. It is necessary that schools, means of communication, families and communities, join the campaign of formation, education and prevention to build safe communities for children and women.

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