Sexual violence statistics 'shocking'

8th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

Research into Dutch sexual health suggests one in nine women in the Netherlands have been victims of rape.

Utrecht – One in nine women in the Netherlands have been victims of rape, and 30 percent of women have experienced some form of sexual violence, according to research released Wednesday by the Rutgers Nisso Group.

Five percent of men also reported experiences of sexual violence in the past.

Rutgers Nisso Group, a sexual health research and advocacy group, surveyed over 6,400 men and women from 15 to 70 years old about their sexual history, including their experiences with sexual violence and coercion, for their 2009 report.

In about half of the cases, the perpetrators were known to the victims, including their ex-partners or neighbours.

The vast majority of women – 98 percent – were attacked by a man or a boy, or a group of men or boys. Male victims were attacked mostly by men or boys, but also reported attacks by women.

Only one in six women and one in 16 men reported the incident to the police.

De Volkskrant reported that the figures are very similar to those produced in a similar report in 2006.

Deputy welfare minister Jet Bussemaker found the report “shocking” and has announced that she will present measures to counter sexual violence in the fall.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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