According to a new large study of rape and sexual violence, about one out of 10 men in certain parts of Asia have raped a woman who was not their partner. When including wives and girlfriends, the results increased to nearly a quarter of men.
In this new research study, more than 10,000 men in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papa New Guinea were surveyed. Multiple United Nations agencies and Australia, Britain, Norway and Sweden paid for the research. Lacent Global Health Journal published the papers on September 10, 2013. A previous report from the World Health Organization stated that one out of three women worldwide says they have been victim to domestic or sexual violence.
While the word “rape” was not specifically used in questioning for the recent study, the men were asked if they had ever forced sex on an unwilling woman or someone who was too impaired by the influence of drugs or alcohol to consent properly.
Of those who admitted to forcing sex upon a woman, more than 70 percent said it was due to “sexual entitlement” – essentially believing it was their “right” to take advantage of a woman sexually. Almost 60 percent said they were simply bored or wanted to have fun, and nearly 40 percent said it was because they were angry or wanted to punish the woman. Of these numbers, only 23 percent had been imprisoned and only half felt guilty about their actions.
The lowest rates or rape were in Bangladesh and Indonesia, while the highest rates were found in Papua New Guinea. It was concluded that nearly six to eight percent of men raped a woman who wasn’t their partner, while the numbers rose to between 30-57 percent when wives and girlfriends were included. The study showed that poverty or a history of child abuse were contributing factors of the men’s likelihood of violence.
The findings show how common violence against women still remains. The study highlights the necessity of women’s rights campaigns, especially those targeting the sexually abused. Despite the efforts that have been made, it is clear that sexist attitudes among men, specifically in parts of Asia, still exist.
– Sonia Aviv