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More than 80 percent of LGBT people in Cambodia face family violence

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An LBT couple receiving official acknowledgment. KT/ Chor Sokunthea  

A Rainbow Community Kampuchea report on Wednesday noted that more than 80 percent of lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in the Kingdom suffer emotional violence from their family members.

The report said research, jointly carried out by RoCK and a team led by Kasumi Nakagawa, gender academic at Pannasastra University of Cambodia, also showed that 35 percent of the LBT community had considered suicide following their families’ non-acceptance.

The report said the research, titled “Family Violence towards Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (LBT) people in Cambodia,” was carried out through interviews with 61 LBT people across eight provinces.

It said 81 percent, aged below 35 years, revealed they faced emotional violence such as being beaten or having their liberties controlled.

“LBT people identified that compared to non-family violence towards them, family violence had the most negative impact on their lives,” the report noted.

It said that the violence stemmed from intersecting factors, including traditional parenting methods, rigid social norms and religious and/or ethnic beliefs.

The report also found that 10 percent of LBT people experienced sexual violence or were forced into marriage, with 35 percent, under 35 years old, having thought about committing suicide.

Full story in Friday’s paper

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