World Statistics - - 2003-09-04 18:53:30
Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every 2 minutes. 683,00 forcible rapes occur every year, which equals 56,916 per month; 1,871 per day, 78 per hour; and 1.3 per minute.
At the opening session of an international conference on "violence against women: zero tolerance", organised by the Portuguese presidency in Lisbon, the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou stated : "Globally, men's violence against women causes more deaths and disability among females aged 15-44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war"(Harvard Study, the Global Burden of Disease, 1996).
A Dutch study reports that domestic violence alone costs the state more than euro 150 million a year, measuring health costs and loss of working time on account of domestic violence. 22% of women in Finland have suffered violence by their partners.
In Portugal, 52,9% of women have been the victims of violence inflicted by their partners. In Ireland in 1998, over half of all women murdered were killed by their partners or husbands. In Austria 50% of divorces are filed on the grounds of violence against women.
South Africa reports the highest incidence of rape in the world. A woman is raped every 20 seconds; and only one in 35 reports it to the authorities. A recent report issued by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimated that a woman is raped every two hours in Pakistan, but it said most sexual assaults went unreported because of the social stigma attached to such charges and the difficulty in proving them. In Punjab a woman is raped every six hours and a woman is gang-raped every four days, yet only 321 rape cases were reported to the police last year.
Every 26 minutes a woman in India is molested. Every 34 minutes a woman is raped. Every 42 minutes a woman is sexually harassed. Every 43 minutes a woman is kidnapped. Every 93 minutes a woman is killed. And those are just the cases that are reported.
U.S. Department of Justice, 1994.
National Crime Victimization Survey, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.
AASRA ( Asian American support and resource agency.
Anna Diamantopoulou (European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs).
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