According to a recent study published in The Lancet, 7.2 % of women surveyed from various countries throughout the world reported being sexually assaulted by someone outside of an intimate relationship. This translates to one in every 14 women aged 15 and above from around the world being victims of sexual assault during their lifetime. Participants in the studies reported sexual assaults from strangers, as well as neighbors, family members, friends, colleagues, and trusted professionals.
Though these numbers are staggering, researchers predict that the actual number is much greater since many sexual assaults go unreported by women who fear societal and cultural shame and dishonor. The data is also hindered by the availability of accurate information from some countries as well as varying levels of disclosure.
The study was conducted through a collaboration of researchers from the World Health Organization, South Africa, and England who reviewed 77 studies on non-partner sexual assault from 56 countries. These studies were conducted over a 13 year period from 1998 through 2011. The highest rates of sexual assault were reported in Africa with 21% of women reporting sexual assault in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and 17.4% in Namibia. Turkey, India, and Bangladesh had the lowest numbers of sexual violence reported.
The United States and Canada reported 13% of women victimized by sexual assault and abuse. Other countries in the study included those from eastern, central, and western Europe. The eastern European countries of Lithuania, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan reported seven percent while the central and western countries of Czech Republic, Poland, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, and Germany reported averages of 10.7 to 11.5% of women victimized by sexual predators.
Activists from around the globe are urging legislators and medical professionals to establish policies, procedures, and interventions that primarily prevent sexual violence, and incorporate ample services that effectively treat victims of sexual assault. Individual countries are urged to analyze statistics to identify risk factors and potential predators in an effort to protect women around the world.
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According to a recent study published in The Lancet, 7.2 % of women surveyed from various countries throughout the world reported being sexually assaulted by someone outside of an intimate relationship. This translates to one in every 14 women aged 15 and above from around the world being victims of sexual assault during their lifetime.