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1 in 4 men in Asia-Pacific admit raping a woman: UN study
Publication Date : 10-09-2013
Rape in the Asia-Pacific is pervasive and most perpetrators get away with it, according to a new study by the United Nations (UN).
A new survey of more than 10,000 men across six countries in the region finds that nearly a quarter report raping a woman or a girl, with the vast majority not facing any legal consequences.
The study was conducted by four UN agencies in collaboration with governmental, civil society and other groups. It was carried out between 2010 and this year in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka.
Surveys conduced of nine locations in these countries found that 10 to 62 per cent of men report having raped a girl or a woman in their lifetime.
It comes in the wake of a brutal gang-rape of a trainee physiotherapist in New Delhi in December last year, which eventually caused her death and sparked nationwide protests demanding greater protection for women.
The coordinator for the joint project, Mr James Lang, said in a press release: "This study reaffirms that violence against women is preventable, not inevitable... the majority of the factors associated with men's use of violence can be changed."
Most of the time, the men who admitted to rape did so because they believed they were entitled to sex regardless of consent. The second most common motivation was entertainment, followed by anger. Contrary to common perception, alcohol was the least common reason given by men for rape.
The study also found that men who said they had raped a female were more likely to have paid for sex, been physically violent with their female partners, or been subject to child abuse.