different in Cambodia
In Cambodia, rape is seen differently. In Cambodia, we have a practice called "bauk". It means "plus" in the Khmer language. Bauk is a commonly accepted tradition in Cambodia. Basically, what bauk is is when a group of men get together (they usually start of drinking at a bar), 1 or 2 of them go get a prostitute, she is brought back to a place where all the other men are waiting, and all the men gang-rape her. She is basically told she has to have s** with all of the men for free or she will be beaten by all the men very severely. So, she does. But, in Cambodia, this is more of a bonding experience for the men. It actually does a great deal to create long-lasting friendships between Cambodian men and strengtens bonds between fathers and sons. It is a very commonly-accepted practice. And it is OK because the only women being gang-raped are women believed to be prostitutes. That is to say, women who are not faithfully married and single women who are not virgins. Cambodia is a very traditional country and there, if you are not known as a faithful and dutiful wife or you are a single female who is not known to be pure (a virgin), you are a prostitute. Basically, if a single woman is believed to have had s** before or even if she hangs out in bars or if a married woman is believed to have been unfaithful to her husband, she is a prostitute and can be taken for bauk. Now if a faithful wife or a single female known to be pure (a virgin) is taken for bauk, then that is a crime and those who participated in the bauk can be made to pay a fine. But, overall, bauk is good for Cambodian society because it creates strong bonds between Cambodian men and encourages Cambodian women to be virtuous.