A new UN study attempts to quantify the prevalence of gang rape and other forms of violence against women in Asia - by talking with the men themselves. It reveals some startling statistics. Half of the 10,000 men surveyed in six Asia Pacific countries admitted they had abused their partners, and one in four had committed rape.
The study also showed alarming levels of gang rape, with some of the highest levels found in Cambodia. Of the men surveyed there, more than 5% said they’d taken part in a gang rape - higher than the 2% typically seen in most of the other sites surveyed.
(Graphic: Partners for Prevention)
Today’s Tumble: Sexual Assaults in Tahrir Square
On July 3 Human Rights Watch reported that during the protests last week in Cairo more than 90 women endured mob sexual assaults, harassment or rape. These reports contribute to over 170 counts of sexual mob crime reported in the last week, according to The Guardian.
The Guardian has also compiled a HarassMap that visualizes the reported attacks against women.
The World reported on widespread sexual violence against women in Cairo’s Tahrir Square back in January, with a report about a new women-led organization intended to combat the attacks.
In that interview, member of the volunteer-only Operation Anti-Sexual Harassment Salma el-Tarzi said,
"We believe that a very big part of these assaults are organized. Sexual assault has always been a tactic used by the system to intimidate women and to punish women who take part in protests or in manifestations."
Via the CBC:
Human Rights Watch says at least 91 women have been raped over the past four days in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, a central site of recent mass protests that have shaken the country’s political leadership.
Women speak of wild chaos and panic. Faces blur in the madness. Women drift under or with the crowd. Their minds and bodies bear witness to unimaginable cruelty.
Kidnap and Rape of American Student in Brazil Harkens Back to Delhi Case
An American woman was gang-raped on a bus in Brazil while her male companion was beaten. Two Brazilian women have since come out with news that they too were victims of this terrible crime. http://ow.ly/jJKYY
It is about time that we South Africans are jostled out of our comfort zone… so that we are forced to think seriously and talk seriously about this heinous crime.
Photo of the Day: Nepalese women take part in a protest against what they say is an increase in violence against women, outside the Prime Minister’s official residence in Kathmandu.
The women demand the government to implement stronger laws and take firm action against violence on women, after a series of rapes and assaults were reported over the past couple of weeks from all over Nepal. (Photo: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
Photo of the Day: Nepalese women participate in a candlelit rally to protest against what they say is an increase in violence against women, demanding the government to implement stronger laws and to take firm action against violence on women, in Kathmandu.
A series of rapes and assaults were reported over the past couple of weeks from all over Nepal, according to local media. (Photo: REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar)
Charges Filed in India Rape Case
ndian authorities filed rape and murder charges Thursday against five men accused of gang rape of a 23-year-old university student.
A sixth suspect will not be charged until medical tests to determine his age are completed.
The trial will be held in a fast-track court, with hearing beginning as early as this weekend.
Reporter Andrew North talks with a rape survivor tho talks about the challenges facing women in India.
Marco Werman speaks with Nita Bhalla, South Asia correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, about a recent poll that places India last among the G20 countries in the list of best and worst places to be a woman in the world’s biggest economies.
Bhalla says that much of the problem relates to India being such a young nation.
Source: theworld.org / The World