Women sexual violence – 7.2% had suffered it!
Women sexual violence is a serious problem that does not seem to be lessening. A systematic review (The Lancet 383; 1648-1654, 2014) evaluated the problem and provided extensive data on it. The review included 7231 studies, from which 42 were selected, conducted in 56 countries. In 2012, 7.2% of women had suffered sexual violence in the world. The highest percentages were found in central and south sub-Saharan Africa: 21% and 17.4%, respectively, while the lowest were found in South Asia (3.3%). Developed countries show high rates too.
The authors of another study call to action, Education and empowerment of women are fundamental. Health workers should be trained to identify and support survivors and strategies to address violence should be integrated into services for child health, maternal, sexual, and reproductive health, mental health, HIV, and alcohol or substance abuse. Research to learn how to respond to violence must be strengthened (The Lancet 2015).