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Some 14.5% of Lankan men admit to rape

10 September 2013 06:32 am - 50     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


According to a UN survey on ‘violence against women’, a little more than 14.5 % or more than one in 10 men in Sri Lanka had admitted to having committed at least one rape.

Rape was particularly common within relationships. However, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner.

Ten thousand men from six countries took part in the survey.

It is the first multi-country study to examine how widespread violence against women is and the reasons behind it.

Of those who admitted rape, just under half said they had done so more than once.

The prevalence of rape varied between countries.

In Papua New Guinea, more than six out of 10 men surveyed admitted forcing a woman to have sex.

In Cambodia, China and Indonesia it ranged from one in five to almost half of all men surveyed.

Part of the research has been published in The Lancet Global Health.

The authors said that the findings do not represent the whole Asia and Pacific region - but the survey respondents do provide a good demographic match for the countries studied.

Men were asked questions like:
  •  Have you ever had sex with your partner when you knew she didn't want to but you thought she should agree because she's your wife/  partner?
  • Have you ever had sex with a woman or girl when she was too drunk or drugged to say whether she wanted it or not?
They recorded their answers on hand-held computers while the interviewer left the room.

'Sexual entitlement'

Nearly three quarters of those who committed rape said they did so for reasons of "sexual entitlement".

Report author Dr Emma Fulu said: "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."

That was followed by using rape as a form of punishment or because the man was angry.

"Perhaps surprisingly, the least common motivation was alcohol." said Dr Fulu.

Men who had themselves suffered violence as children, especially childhood sexual abuse were more likely to have committed rape.

"These data justifiably create global outrage, accentuated by horrific recent high-profile cases, including the brutal gang rape of a student in New Delhi," said Dr Michele Decker from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore

"More than half of non-partner rape perpetrators first did so as adolescents, which affirms that young people are a crucial target population for prevention of rape.

"The challenge now is to turn evidence into action, to create a safer future for the next generation of women and girls."

Professor Rachel Jewkes, who led the research in Papa New Guinea, said the area they surveyed - Bougainville - had a particularly turbulent history, with an extraordinarily destructive civil conflict extending from the late 1980s to beyond 2005.

"It's an area where the conflict hasn't been absolutely resolved," she said.

"When we looked at mental health we saw particularly high prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder including uncontrollable aggression, the disruption of normal social relations and relations in the family." (BBC)

Percentage of men admitting rape

 Papa New Guinea Bougainville Island 62%
Indonesia Papua Province 48.6%
Indonesia urban 26.2%
China urban/rural 22.2%
Cambodia 20.4%
Indonesia rural 19.5%
Sri Lanka 14.5%
Bangladesh rural 14.1%
Bangladesh urban 9.5%
Source: United Nations  

  Comments - 50

  • baila Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:41 PM

    Who did they interview? None I know.

    rice pudding Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:01 AM

    What do you mean by a "genuine male?" please explain.

    ANTON Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:21 AM


    chandana Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:28 AM

    How many Ministers, other MPs and policians included in the survey ?
    Majority of them are rapists.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:32 AM

    Everything is a conspiracy when the truth is revealed. Shame on you guys.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:41 AM

    The truth will always be difficult to swallow.

    praba Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:42 AM

    This study probably is not valid.Can there be 7.5 million rapists in SL. Why should we let others condemn us with bias research.

    mollamaari Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:38 AM

    According to you, Sri Lanka's population is 51 million! Grow up mate!!!

    FOX Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:42 AM


    FOX Tuesday, 10 September 2013 11:43 AM


    Wijesinghe Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:15 PM

    Who cares. our major concern is Bull Killing

    Ayyo malli Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:25 PM

    How can 14.% of males be equal to 7.5Mn? There are 10Mn males in Sri Lanka...14% means 1.4Mn...mokadda malli podak general knowledge madi ney

    rduu Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:25 PM

    I live in England and every guy here have sex with drunken girls..So 80% of English should be rapists

    Dee Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:37 AM

    because its parts of their lifestyle! no need for surveys.

    sss Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:49 PM

    You means looking for gems in dowry

    sach Tuesday, 10 September 2013 03:56 PM

    Only few countries were subject to research

    Huna Tuesday, 10 September 2013 05:12 PM

    have to agree with Dhananjaya , looks like the survey was done in night clubs

    Michael Tuesday, 10 September 2013 05:37 PM

    Sadly our society's moral values are going down, We are trading our culture and values to immoral and deception. this will result in problem in families. Every citizen has the responsibility to be a good example to the younger ones.

    kalu nangi Tuesday, 10 September 2013 06:23 PM

    Oh my God! The papers haven't yet picked up the dark secrets of this Paradise Island....
    Good that the rapists admitted. It just shows that many rapes never get reported to the Police or get published in the media. Probably because unlike in the western countries, over here women would rather live with feelings of shame and anger then let others know what they have gone through.
    It would be interesting to find out who commits this crime the most? Army deserters? school boys? jobless youth? etc., This country needs remedies for some very serious psychological issues.

    tiki Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:00 AM

    Having sex with your wife when she doesn't want to, is also concidered as rape. So the figures can be true according to the definition

    sirisaman Aluthratne Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:15 PM

    Who believes these surveys? it means at least 10% or more women have been victims or repeatedly victimized. Stupid reports.

    Jaliya Senavirathne Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:08 PM

    100% bullshit.

    Danushka Kodithuwakk Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:05 PM

    Indians only do Gang rapes! (remember the Gang rape of a school girl Dec'12)

    Ali Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:43 PM

    Indian already has Red Light zones

    The Joker Wednesday, 11 September 2013 05:56 AM

    Listen numb-nut prick (Achchcaru), its obvious you have no idea what-so-ever in happenings of the current world.....street prostitution is illegal around the world so that's definitely a no go. But porn and brothels are legitimate businesses (religious views aside) in the developed world - they are required to follow proper health standards and are liable to pay tax just like any other business and contributes to the economy of the country.

    Nihal Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:41 AM

    You can't suppress biological need of a person forever, Simple answer, either legalise prostitution or allow to marry more than one wife

    Ram UK Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:19 AM

    no one surprised...

    Dhammaloka Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:33 AM

    This is stupid.

    ANTON Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:37 AM


    Shermil Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:46 AM

    Why NO INDIA on the List??????????

    ind Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:47 AM

    Bullshit !

    Dilan Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:58 AM

    Have red light zones. Then all this madness stops

    nalaka Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:02 AM

    block more access to porn, rade more hotels, make men more desperate and expect more rape

    SAM Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:18 AM

    As a man I am alarmed and ashamed by these statistics, shocking, truly.

    suresh Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:28 AM

    Wonder if they based survey on people in parliament

    Dhananjaya Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:34 AM

    These results, I am sure, do not reflect the reality, as far as Sri Lanka is concerned. There is no way over 14% of average SL males are involved in a rape. It may be that the sample does represent the average SL male (may be the survey was done inside a prison), the questions were formed to get a desired outcome or the definition of rape has been given a broader meaning (acts not involving penetration may have been termed rape).

    Roshantha Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:36 AM

    This cannot be true. It means one in ten that post comments to this forum is a rapist. They have mixed up rape to infidelity.
    CNN reports today that according to Indian statistics a woman is been raped every 22 minutes. Cannot imagine the%???

    Doliya Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:40 AM

    I am lucky to among the rest of the 09

    baba Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:18 AM

    If all answer the questions genuinely, all potent males are rapers.

    Rohan1 Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:44 AM

    Indian men are gems

    Saman Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:45 AM

    I thought most men in Sri Lanka never touched a woman!

    samson Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:49 AM

    Interesting to find out what percentage are politicians and their henchmen !

    Silva Duminda Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:02 AM

    These all are nonsense. I have never heard any rape case in Sri Lanka.

    Prestine Beauty Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:05 AM

    Because they don't need to admit. 100% rapers..ha ha

    Achchcaru Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:19 AM

    Yes Nalaka, pls popularize porn and stop raiding Hotels. How about promoting street prostitution and call services ehh...

    rice pudding Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:19 AM

    it was not done in a prison. this is true reality. Not all men are rapists but a few are. You can read the methodology in the summary report.

    Romens Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:22 AM

    I also have the same question.

    This may be an Indian conspiracy to clean it's name from becoming Rapists Paradise.

    lkboy Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:31 AM

    this report is a baseless BS report, in the fact that India isn't in it! 14% means 1 in every 7 men, if so, some people who have already commented here also are rapers according to this fake report.

    asoka Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:33 AM

    Why India was not included in the survey? Did they not like the idea thinking they may top the list very close to 100%?

    mc Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:34 AM

    what about the people who conducted this survey ? all genuine males ? i doubt it so.

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