18 September 2013

A rape problem in parts of Asia and some insights to prevention

Nearly one in four men surveyed in six Asian countries admit to having raped a woman, find UN-backed researchers. The good news is that the data provides a road map to preventing future rapes.

The research was conducted in coordination with the UN-backed Partners for Prevention program. Established in 2008, Partners for Prevention aims to prevent gender-based violence in Asia and the Pacific. Interviews took place in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

Reasons cited range from sexual entitlement to entertainment to punishment, say researchers in a paper published in British health journal The Lancet. Alcohol was surprisingly low on list of motivations, said report author Dr Emma Fulu.

“We hope to see this new knowledge used for more informed programs and policies to end violence against women,” said Fulu.

Men between the ages of 18 and 49 years old were interviewed by fellow men. Rape was not explicitly discussed, rather it was brought up through questions asking if they “had sex with a woman who was too drunk or drugged to indicate whether she wanted it.”

Between 6% and 8% surveyed said that they forced a non-partner to have sex with them. Of that group, more than half said they committed their first rape as a teen.

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