Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Ugliest (The Actual) Face Of The West
More than 100 million women are subjected to sexual harassment in EU's 28 nations. A survey of 42,000 women across the European Union suggests that about 1 in 10 have been the victim of sexual violence and half of then reported being raped. Described as largest of its kind, the survey released Wednesday by EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights is the most ambitious effort yet to gauge the sexual violence and harassment experienced by 186.6 million women in the EU's 28 nations. The survey suggests that more than 100 million women wee subject to sexual harassment- broadly defined in 11 categories ranging from indecent exposure to inappropriate request for date. Only one in seven women reported their most serious incident of intimate partner to police. Released on International Women's Day, the EU survey was based on face-to-face interviews with women aged between 15 and 74 in all the 28 nations of EU. Ten percent of the respondents reported some form of sexual violence since the age of 15, with one in 20 saying she had been raped. That would be more than 9 million rape victims when applied to all women between 15 and 74 years in EU. Twelve percent reported some form of sexual abuse by an adult before the age of 15, with one percent indicating they were forced to have intercourse with an adult.