Rape — a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without the particular person’s consent. In various parts of the world, predominantly in Asian cultures, instead of showing their sympathy towards rape victims, society often blames these individuals for getting raped in the first place.
Hence, the birth of victim blaming where the outfits, lifestyle and upbringing of these women are often judged as a consequence of getting raped. While the rapist walks away scot free, the victim always bears the brunt of gaining public humiliation and sometimes, without interference from doctors, would end up bearing a child due to the lack of education of emergency contraceptive pills.
Now, in Vietnam, there was a case where a 70-year-old man raped his 14-year-old neighbour and impregnated her. The victim has now given birth to a boy. Apparently, the victim’s family sells alcohol and this man is a frequent customer of the family’s business.
At the time of the incident, the victim’s mother wasn’t at home and the girl decided to take over the mother’s place to sell the alcohol to the rapist. After drinking the alcohol sold, the man took the girl to his house and raped her. The girl was then given 10,000 dongs (around RM1.82) to not reveal this assault to anyone, including her own parents.
This doesn’t just end here! The man frequented the girl’s home and had sex with her frequently. After a few months, the victim’s mother noticed that her child was acting strangely as she was vomiting. She then took her to the hospital where it was revealed that she was 27 weeks pregnant!
The distraught family called the police and the man was caught but here’s the worst part. He boasted that he could manage to have a son at that age which is better than so many people. This caused public fury and many pressurised the police to investigate this case thoroughly and charge the guy for the crime committed.
Nevertheless, since this is a case of statutory rape, it is important that children should be taught about comprehensive sexual education and about what they should do after getting raped. This includes going to the nearest hospital to get a rape test kit and consuming emergency contraceptive pills (Plan B pills).
Source: China Press