HUFFINGTON POST
08/31/2010 04:14 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bacha Baz: Afghanistan's 'Widespread, Culturally Sanctioned Form Of Male Rape'

Western forces fighting in southern Afghanistan had a problem. Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy's father. Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to "touch and fondle them," military investigator AnnaMaria Cardinalli told me. "The soldiers didn't understand."

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