A UN report indicated that sexual assault is widespread in the Asia-Pacific region. Almost a quarter of men surveyed in the report looking at violence against women in parts of Asia have admitted to committing at least one rape.
However, the prevalence of sexual assault varied between the Asia-Pacific countries. In Papua New Guinea, more than six out of 10 men surveyed admitted forcing a woman to have sex. On the contrary, in urban areas of Bangladesh, the analogy was just under one in 10 and Sri Lanka it was just over one in 10. In Cambodia, China and Indonesia it ranged from one in five to almost half of all men surveyed.
According to the report, rape of an intimate partner was more common than was non-partner rape in all countries. The combined sample prevalence of intimate partner rape, ranged from 13 per cent in Bangladesh to 59 per cent in Papua New Guinea. Overall, two-thirds of men who had raped a non-partner had also raped a partner as a single or multiple perpetrator.
Roberta Clarke, regional director of UN Women, said at the launch of the report in Bangkok. “Violence against women is a harsh reality for many…We must change the culture that enables men to enact power and control over women.” Moreover, report author Dr. Emma Fulu said about the men who committed sexual assault. “They believed they had the right to have sex with the woman regardless of consent….The second most common motivation reported was to rape as a form of entertainment, so for fun or because they were bored…Perhaps surprisingly, the least common motivation was alcohol.”