Nearly one in four men surveyed in Asia say they have raped a woman at least once according to a disturbing new report.
Among men interviewed in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka 1 in 10 said he had raped a woman who wasn’t his partner. The rate rose by 24 percent when partners were included.
Researchers behind the study published in The Lancet Global Health Journal on Tuesday said they hoped to deepen the understanding of men’s use of violence against women in order to prevent it.
Almost one in four men surveyed in six Asian countries said they committed rape at least once, in a study that may encourage renewed steps to prevent sexual violence.
Through their efforts, 10,000 men between 18 and 49 years of age were interviewed in private surveys that never used to word “rape.”
Instead, the men read sexual and/or physically violent scenarios and were asked if they had ever acted that way either toward a partner or non-partner.
A little under half admitted to having raped more than one woman, with the numbers drastically rising or falling by region.
Among the reasons cited for such behaviour the most common reported was men’s claimed sense of sexual entitlement.
Among the nine sites surveyed within the countries, the most men admitting to being physically violent and/or sexually violent with a partner were in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, where an overwhelming 80% of men admitted to such behavior.
Papua, Indonesia came in second with 60% of men. In contrast two other Indonesian sites described simply as “urban” and “rural” contained the survey’s least amount of men that admitted to such behavior.
Among the reasons cited, the most common reported was men’s claimed sense of sexual entitlement.
That was followed by claims of motivation out of fun or boredom, anger or punishment, and lastly drinking.
More information about the report and gender-based violence prevention can be found at Partners4Prevention.org.
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