A United Nations-sponsored study in Asia and the Pacific reveals that nearly one-fourth of men has admittedly raped a woman.
Six countries were polled. The highest assault incidence occurred in Papa New Guinea, where an astonishing 60.7 percent of men admitted to committing rape.
Bangladesh was the “winner,” with “only” 11.1 percent of men admitting to sexual assault.
Although researchers did not use the word “rape,” they asked men if they had ever "forced a woman who was not your wife or girlfriend at the time to have sex," "had sex with a woman who was too drunk or drugged to indicate whether she wanted it" or forced a wife or girlfriend to have sex against her will.
Overall, spousal rape was far more common than rape of strangers. Most men started young, first raping between the age of 15 and 19. Almost half of the men who had raped once repeated the offense with a different female. 12 percent admitted to raping four to 10 women, while 4.2 percent claimed to have raped 10 or more women.
About 30.2 percent of the men reported raping men in addition to women, implying that male rape may also be a serious concern even though it gets less attention than female rape.
“In view of the high prevalence of rape worldwide, our findings clearly show that prevention strategies need to show increased focus on the structural and social risk factors for rape," said lead researcher Rachel Jewkes. "We now need to move towards a culture of preventing the perpetration of rape from ever occurring, rather than relying on prevention through responses."
When asked why they raped, 73 percent reported feelings of sexual entitlement, 59 percent reported doing it for entertainment and 38 percent said they used rape as a punishment.
While the numbers seem shocking, they reflect previous research in which about one-third of women across the globe reported being victims of sexual assault.