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The new report that was undertaken by the UN has recently been published in The Lancet Global Health is the first study of its kind. The investigation looked into the widespread violence against women and the reasons behind it across six countries, interviewing ten thousand men. The men were asked questions such as; “Have you ever had sex with your partner when you knew she didn’t want to but you thought she should agree because she’s your wife/ partner?”, or “Have you ever had sex with a woman or girl when she was too drunk or drugged to say whether she wanted it or not?”
The results are truly shocking. Rape appeared to feature most commonly within relationships, however one in ten of the men interviewed admitted to raping a woman who was not their partner. Of those who admitted to committing rape, just under 50% admitted to rape on more than one occasion. However, the prevalence of rape did vary between the six countries involved in the survey. Papua New Guinea came top of the survey, with 6 out of 10 men admitting to forcing women to have sex. Whereas urban areas of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka saw the lowest scores, with rape committed by around 1 in 10 men.
The motivations men reported were just as revealing. Top of the list was what researchers call “sexual entitlement”. As report author, Dr Emma Fulu describes it “They believed they had the right to have sex with the woman regardless of consent”. The second most frequent reason reported was that the men committed rape for entertainment, followed by using rape as a form of punishment against the woman.
Researchers believe that anti-rape programmes need to focus on teenage boys, as this seems to be the age that rapists commit sexual violence for the first time. They also highlighted that those with a personal history of sexual abuse themselves were more likely to become perpetrators in the future.
For the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24021573