Teen Says Pornography Led Him to Rape Child

A teenage boy sentenced to pri­son on Monday for raping a 6-year-old girl claimed the attack was motivated by pornographic movies, a factor that police and rights groups said is increasingly cited in rape cases.

Ros Sophat, 16, told Bat­tam­bang Provincial Court that he  raped his niece on three occasions since June. He was caught after the last attack at the victim’s house in Battambang district’s Svay Por commune, Kampong Kra­bei village, said Hong Chan­sok­ha, a lawyer with the NGO Pro­tection of Juvenile Justice, which represented the victim.

“Ros Sophat confessed that he watched pornographic movies every day at a coffee shop in Bat­tambang town. He raped his niece in order to experience the event he saw in pornographic movies,” Hong Chan­sok­ha said.

Ros Sophat was sentenced to five years in prison.

Hong Chansokha said that in nearly all of the rape cases he has prosecuted, perpetrators have said pornography played some role in motivating the attackers.

Khiev Chhoeuth, chief of Bat­tam­bang provincial police’s Ju­ven­ile Protection Section, also said pornographic movies, which are illegal to show or view in public in Cambodia, were a contributing factor to the nationwide in­crease in rape in recent years.

Though Khiev Chhoeuth said po­lice have barred pornography from all restaurants, hotels and cafes, some believe poor police work, rather than pornography, is more to blame for the increase in rape cases as perpetrators frequently go unpunished.

Ly Sunlina, women’s rights co­ordinator for the rights group Lic­ad­ho, said Tuesday that perpetrators were using pornography as an excuse for their crimes.

“Other countries also show [por­nographic movies and imag­es], but why aren’t those countries as seriously affected by rape as Cambodia?” she asked.

Weak law enforcement plays a much larger role than pornography in rape, she said.

 

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