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This paper presents a core dilemma faced by victims of 'everyday rape' in Cambodia: the preferred response is somroh somruel, a customary dispute resolution process, but pressure is exerted by the state and by international and local NGOs to use the criminal justice system, which is corrupt and inaccessible to all but an elite. Drawing from interviews with NGO staff and field research by NGOs, we find a clash between human rights rhetoric and the realities faced by rape victims and theirdoi:10.5235/205047184.108.40.206 fatcat:anspbo3jdfawhhdo7khgdcyeb4