In September 2013, the UN released a report that said more than 1 in 5 Cambodian men aged between 18 and 49 admitted having raped a woman. More than half of those men said they committed the rape before they had turned 20.
The report demonstrates the necessity of working with young boys in order to address this culture of violence against women.
Gang rape, known as ‘bank’ in Khmer, is a particular problem in this nation. It is the most common form of non-partner sexual violence. The report indicated that men felt they were entitled to rape, they did it because they wanted to. Men saw rape as entertaining, or as something that women deserved. They believe that they are entitled to sex, whether it is consented to or not.
The report showed that 49 percent of all men interviewed in Cambodia had paid for sex.
This problem is deeper than a failing legal system. This is a deep rooted evil that has gripped this land, bringing destruction to society, families, and relationships. Sit with God and ask how he would have you pray his righteousness into the nation. Pray for the Church to find ways to respond and bring transformation into society and the nation.