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EU: 1 in 3 Women have faced physical or sexual assault.

One in three women in the EU has suffered a physical or sexual assault since the age of 15, according to a new EU study. It corresponds to 62 million women, and shows just how "extensive" and "systematically under-reported" violence against women is.

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One in 20 women has been raped, and one in 10 women has experienced some form of sexual violence, according to the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) report. It's a frightening  statistic and really goes to show that it's more of a wide scale epidemic.

Here's a synopsis of their findings:
  • 33% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. That corresponds to 62 million women.
  • 22% have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a partner.
  • 5% of all women have been raped. Almost one in 10 women who have experienced sexual violence by a non-partner, indicate that more than one perpetrator was involved in the most serious incident.
  • 43% have experienced some form of psychological violence by either a current or a previous partner, such as public humiliation; forbidding a woman to leave the house or locking her up; forcing her to watch pornography; and threats of violence.
  • 33% have childhood experiences of physical or sexual violence at the hands of an adult. 12% had childhood experiences of sexual violence, of which half were from men they did not know. These forms of abuse typically involve an adult exposing their genitals or touching the child’s genitals or breasts.
  • 18% of women have experienced stalking since the age of 15 and 5% in the 12 months prior to the interview. This corresponds to 9 million women. 21% of women who have experienced stalking said that it lasted for over 2 years.
  • 11% of women have experienced inappropriate advances on social websites or have been subjected to sexually explicit emails or text (SMS) messages. 20% of young women (18-29) have been victims of such cyberharassment.
  • 55% of women have experienced some form of sexual harassment. 32% of all victims of sexual harassment said the perpetrator was a boss, colleague or customer.
  • 67% did not report the most serious incident of partner violence to the police or any other organisation.
While we often look at third world countries, we should make sure not to neglect our own "back yard."


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