1 in 14 women say they have been sexually assaulted

By Amanda Stewart,

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A recent study says that one in 14 women have been sexually assaulted by someone other than their current partner.

This study was published in the journal Lancet.

The data was compiled from 56 different countries between 1998 and 2011, according to CBS News. “We found that sexual violence is a common experience for women worldwide, and in some regions is endemic, reaching more than 15 percent in four regions,” Professor Naeemah Abrahams, from the South African Medical Research Council which took part in conducting the study, said.

The highest rates of sexual assault from a non-partner occurred in Congo, 21 percent, followed by Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe at 17.4 percent. And completing the top three are New Zealand and Australia at 16.4 percent. The global average of women who have been sexually assaulted by strangers, friends, neighbors or other non-partners is 7.2 percent.

According to HealthDay, the United States and Canada are above the global average at 13 percent.

The actual number of women who are undergoing the sexual assault is probably much higher than found in this study due to people who do not report the assault or if the assault goes undocumented.

The statistics are alarming because many in America hear more about “date rape” and not violent crimes like these, but it is a large problem in the world.

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