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UN: 'Shocking' data on rape

in WORLD, 19/03/2013

A United Nations-backed survey revealed "shocking" statistics on men's use and experience of violence against women and girls. Preliminary results of the UN-backed study showed "one in two men said they used physical or sexual violence against an intimate partner, one in 4 reported having raped a woman and one in 25 admitted to having participated in gang rape."

The study, "Why do men use violence and how do we stop it? New evidence on men’s use of violence against women and girls and its uses for enhanced prevention," was based on a survey of more than 10,000 men from across six Asia Pacific countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka), which the UN said is the largest such study so far.

It sought to understand the underlying factors on why men resort to violence, and to determine more effective ways to prevent violence.

The study, whose full output will be available in July this year, was co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the governments of Australia and Sweden. For the UN, the agencies involved were UN Women, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Volunteers.

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