Week 4 Blog Post

Domestic violence happens every around the world. Sadly, it is a major issue on the rise in Thailand. It was said in 2012 that domestic violence in Thailand increased with 30.8 percent of households that reported abuse. Along with these rising percentages, the percent of divorces also increased from 10.8 to 33 percent.

In Thailand “men are thought to be macho and assert their dominance over women” (Lang). It is important for the guy to act strong and mighty to protect the women, not to beat her or belittle her. A lot of the times alcohol is a factor. The amount of alcohol that is consumed it affects actions of the individual making them to act rationally. Thailand is ranked 36th among the 75 countries in acts of physical violence. Another issue causing these deaths and violence violation is the concerns they have with politics. Because Thailand is a country that is still developing their political system is not very organized, causing the chaos. In the end it is up to the people of the country to decided how they will resolve their differences (Kerry).

The issues of sex trafficking, sexual abuse, and domestic violence towards women are present in Thailand, as well as many other places around the word. In article by Peled there was an alleged trafficker who were charged with forcing Thai women to the US for sex. These women are just being fored to have sexual contact with these men. Not knowing if any of these men were tested or have any types of diseases. This is a huge concern for the women’s health. Not being able to see the future but these women might become pregnant and have an unfortunate living arrangements for the child.

Of all the terrible things that are happening, rape is happening to young children up to older women. In Thailand it is happening in its very own capital. Bangkok has the highest percentage of rape incidents being portrayed. Following is the city Chonburi, Samut Prakarn, Nonthaburi, and Pathum Thani with 5.3 percent of the victims being present there. In Thailand rape is very common that some kids think that is ok to joke around about or talk about it lightly. For example, in an article written by Under the Ropes a teacher explains a situation that she was in that made her feel unsafe, and worried. One day in class she was teaching four students two girls and two guys. One of the guy “joked” with his classmates that if the teacher did not pass him for the class he was going to rape her. The female student was explaining to what he said to the teacher with a “giggle”. The female student realized that the teacher was offended and apologized to the teacher. But the man who said the phrase did not. The teacher then brought it up with her colleagues and they too were offended. The situation was then brought up with the principle and the students had a discussion about the situation. For situation like this to happen it is considered to be normal to joke around about a situation like rape. Whereas in other countries it would be a complete insult and a totally negative subject to humor with.

Whether a woman is carrying baby/babies that does not stop their partner abusing them. Of 475 pregnant Thai women, 13.1 percent report ever being abused, whereas 4.8 percent report physical abuse during their pregnancy. In the Sage journal, they said that women who were abused while being pregnant were likely to be younger, unmarried, have low income, might be unemployed and reported that the pregnancy was unwanted (Thananowan). This leads back to the subject that was previously mentioned how women are being raped and taking advantage of and then might eventually come pregnant. Along with all the struggles that we mentioned while being pregnant, another situation that the women might face would be depression symptoms. The depression that was caused form their intimate partner would be because of the philological violence that their partner is putting on them (Thananowan).

Intergenerational trauma takes part of the medicine and mechanical model of the health in Thais. The biomedical system has not changed much from the past to the present in Thailand. Even though the women are insulted, taken advantage of, and belittled the medical system are trying their best to help to help these women. They have created classes and are trying to educate the women more about the situation.



One thought on “Week 4 Blog Post

  1. Hi there, thanks for sharing — this is a great post. Unfortunately, violence against women sometimes seems ubiquitous, and it is important that we look at cases from all across the world. I have very little knowledge about Thailand, and this is a good introductory post to some of the domestic and/or sexual violence that occurs over there.
    It is shocking that domestic abuse reports have recently increased by more than 30%; that is a ridiculously high spike, and it makes me wonder what else may be contributing. Have the systems for reporting domestic abuse been streamlined/become more accessible or efficient? Has the stigma surrounding survivors been placated somewhat? Have abusers simply become more enabled because of other social or political changes in Thailand? Anyway, this would be interesting to study on its own, but I am also glad you provide some other context throughout your post.
    The intersections you present with other factors such as socio-economic class, age, and marital status are likewise important. These sorts of situations parallel such issues in the U.S. as well, considering that many survivors of sexual assault are of similar demographics; it is really unfortunate, but it seems like people the world over must do better to acknowledge and aid women (and men, for that matter) who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual assault.

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