The map published here by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) provides information on acid attack cases that occurred in Cambodia between 2009 and 2013. The information is gathered from Khmer and English language news media and relevant publications. The number of sources relied upon varies from case to case. In certain cases, the information presented is gathered from a single source – usually a news report. We have provided as much information as possible as available from the sources. It should be noted however that salient information not included in the sources may therefore be absent in certain cases. Due to concerns related to the privacy of the victims and to avoid re-victimizing the survivors, CCHR has only included the initials of the victims.
There are two icons on the map outlining acid attacks according to the number of attacks and the number of victims of each attack respectively. The different figures arise from the same cases, the disparity between the number of attacks and the number of victims being the result of the fact acid is a messy weapon, such that in many cases there are multiple victims – both intended and unintended victims. The "Victims" graph below outlines the disparity between the number of attacks and the number of victims resulting from those attacks.
In addition to the information gathered from public sources and presented on the map, statistics of attacks gathered by the Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) are presented in the "Attacks" and "Victims" graph below. The number of attacks recorded by CASC is greater than that presented on the map. The disparity between these figures is due to the fact that CASC works with victims of some cases that are not reported upon in the media. It should be noted however that it is likely that the number of acid attacks that occur in Cambodia each year exceeds even the number of attacks recorded by CASC. Many cases go unreported and it is considered by experts that the "dark number" – the number of unreported cases – could be equal to those reported. This culture of silence surrounding acid violence results from the fact that victims are often perceived as having done something wrong and are viewed by many as having deserved to be the victims of these heinous crime. As a result, victims are often shamed into not coming forward and are left to suffer in silence.