Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Lancet Report on Incidents of Sexual Assault Worldwide

New research published in The Lancet reports that 1 in 14 women have been sexual assaulted at least once in their lives by someone other than an intimate partner.  Causing interest in the media has been the assertion that Australia and New Zealand have a very high rate of sexual assault.  But it will show as higher than other regions such as North Africa and South Asia for a number of reasons.  Australia and New Zealand's definitions of rape are broader than most countries. Reporting rates, although known to be low, are likely to be higher than in countries where women are punished for being raped. 
As the authors noted an improved understanding of the prevalence of sexual assault across different countries and regions is a "fundamental first step in the development of effective responses to non-partner sexual violence."

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