U.N. study finds sexual assault prevalent in Asia

Sept. 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM   |   Comments

GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A United Nations survey of 10,000 Asian men found nearly half admitted using violence against a woman and a quarter said they had raped someone.

In the survey released Tuesday, which was conducted in nine sites in six countries, a vast majority of the men who admitted using violence against a woman said they viewed sex with a woman as their right whether she consented or not. Most men said the rapes they perpetrated were against women with whom they were in a relationship.

Of the men who said they had raped a woman, most said the first time they did it they were 14 or younger. One-in-10 respondents said they had participated in a woman's gang rape.

"The study's findings reaffirm that violence against women is an expression of women's subordination and inequality in the private and public spheres," a joint release by the survey's authors states.

And of those who confessed to sexual or physical violence in the nine sites across Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka, as many as 97 percent said they faced no legal repercussions.

Even the best sites for police investigations only reported 28 percent of rapes were prosecuted.

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