The way the media portrays violent crimes against women and girls is perpetuating negative attitudes toward them, and a focus needs to be placed on why such crimes are so common instead of focusing on the behavior of the women, NGOs said Wednesday. Caroline McCausland, the country director of Action Aid, told reporters and media students at a Phnom Penh workshop on coverage of such crimes that* Cambodian newspapers and news websites sometimes blame the victims of sex crimes, treat them as sex objects or publish pictures of their faces in contravention of the press law. This could
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