20 Or More Women Were Sexually Assaulted At A Vietnam Water Park And Nobody Seems To Care


Warning: Graphic descriptions of sexual assault and violence to follow.

Three months ago, Ho Tay Water Park in Hanoi, Vietnam offered free admission for the first two hours of the park’s season opening on April 19 from 8 am to 9 am.

About an hour into the free admission time slot, thousands of people began flooding into the park.

The lazy river became overcrowded, as people had jumped the gates in order to reach the attraction, and soon, groups of 70 to 80 men were assaulting women in the water park.

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A few of the women even depicted their horrific experiences on Facebook:

Another Facebook user detailed her sister's story:

One woman described,

What’s even worse than the public trauma these women experienced was the callous and apathetic responses of the park officials and other locals.

When pictures and videos surfaced of the events, including one of a woman crying in a ripped bikini, Nghiem Hong Hanh, female vice general director of Hanoi Entertainment Services Co. (which runs Ho Tay Park), released a statement:

Men who participated in the assaults posted “victory pictures” on Facebook (which have since been removed). Bystanders stood and watched as young women cried for help.

Two days after the event, a local Vietnamese newspaper quoted professional Psychologist Pham Phuc Thinh, who holds a masters in education, defending the water park by saying,

There are, of course, so many obvious problems with this situation and how it was handled:

1. Park officials did nothing to help the victims as the assault was happening, even though they were aware dangerous conditions were present.

2. The opportunity these young, Vietnamese men saw when offered free admission to a water park was to sexually assault women.

3. These same men then bragged about the sexual assaults on social media and received praise.

4. When the assaulted women took to social media to voice their distress over the assault, or when they complained to public officials, they were not taken seriously and even blamed for the event.

5. Local coverage defended the water park and the attackers.

6. It has taken nearly three months for news of the event to surface in the US.

According to Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), 1 in 3 women in the US will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

In a global study conducted by the United Nations, 1 in 4 men admitted to raping someone during his lifetime.

Sexual assault isn’t black and white. It isn’t perpetrated only by “bad guys” or in “date rape” situations. It happens in private. It happens in public.

It happens individually. It happens in groups. It isn’t just a third-world problem. It isn’t just an international problem.

Sexual assault isn’t easy to define, and it isn’t easy to stop. Sexual assault is everyone's problem.

So, what can you do to help?

1. Share this article.

The first step in making change is acknowledging there is a problem and spreading the word. Make people pay attention. Don’t let things like this slip through the cracks. Don’t let the world think we think this is okay. Get noticed.

2. Sign a petition.

Get online and add your name to a petition that targets the Vietnamese government and asks it to punish the attackers. The petition needs at least 3,000 signatures, and they are almost there!

3. Advocate within your community.

Sexual assault happens somewhere in America every 107 seconds. Speak out, and advocate for justice and education in your communities.

Share stories of sexual assault that are suppressed by the media. Volunteer at outreach organizations that help to provide sexual assault education and support.

This problem will not go away on its own.