UN study in Asia-Pacific finds nearly half of men surveyed committed sexual violence against women

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A United Nations survey of 10,000 men in Asia and the Pacific finds that nearly half had used physical and/or sexual violence against a woman partner.

The study, released on Tuesday, also reveals that nearly one-quarter of respondents reported perpetrating rape against women or girls, the majority of whom experienced no legal consequences.

The survey was conducted by Partners for Prevention, a regional joint programme of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women and United Nations Volunteers (UNV).

Men in nine sites in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea were interviewed.

Participants across all sites cited sexual entitlement—the belief that men have a right to sex with women regardless of consent—as the most common motivation for rape.

The study offers several recommendations to prevent violence against women, including promoting non-violent and caring ways to be a man, for example through school-based or sports-based education programmes.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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