One in four men admit committing rape
Large scale Asian survey delivers shocking results
- Tulip Mazumdar for BBC News
- September 11, 2013
Almost a quarter of men surveyed in a UN report looking at violence against women in parts of Asia have admitted to committing at least one rape.
Rape was particularly common within relationships. However, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner.
Ten thousand men from six countries took part in the survey.
It is the first multi-country study to examine how widespread violence against women is and the reasons behind it.
Of those who admitted rape, just under half said they had done so more than once.
The prevalence of rape varied between countries.
In Papua New Guinea, more than six out of 10 men surveyed admitted forcing a woman to have sex.
It was least common in urban areas of Bangladesh, where it was just under one in 10 and Sri Lanka where it was just over one in 10.
In Cambodia, China and Indonesia it ranged from one in five to almost half of all men surveyed.
Part of the research has been published in The Lancet Global Health.
The authors said that the findings do not represent the whole Asia and Pacific region - but the survey respondents do provide a good demographic match for the countries studied.
Percentage of men admitting rape
Papua New Guinea Bougainville Island - 62%
Indonesia Papua Province - 48.6%
Indonesia urban - 26.2%
China urban/rural - 22.2%
Cambodia - 20.4%
Indonesia rural - 19.5%
Sri Lanka - 14.5%
Bangladesh rural - 14.1%
Bangladesh urban - 9.5%
Source: United Nations
Source: BBC News