One-third of Cambodian rape cases are committed by a family member but victims are denied justice, report finds

Nearly one-third of rape cases in Cambodia involve a suspect who is related to the victim, a human rights group has found, but many of the accused abusers are not prosecuted by the full weight of the law.

The confronting Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) report found family pressure and financial reliance on their abusers meant many victims withdrew their complaints.

When incidents did result in a conviction, just over half of the family rape cases investigated by LICADHO resulted in a prison sentence which fully applied the relevant law.

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