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About one in four men in some parts of Asia admitted raping a woman, according to the first large studies of rape and sexual violence. About one in 10 admitted raping a woman who was not their partner, ctpost reported.
International researchers said their startling finding should change perceptions about how common violence against women is and prompt major campaigns to prevent it.
Still, the results were based on a survey of only six Asian countries and the authors said it was uncertain what rates were like elsewhere in the region and beyond.
They said engrained sexist attitudes contributed, but that other factors like poverty or being emotionally and physically abused as children were major risk factors for men's violent behavior.
In the research, male interviewers surveyed more than 10,000 men in Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.
The word "rape" was not used in the questions, but the men were asked if they had ever forced a woman to have sex when she wasn't willing or if they had ever forced sex on someone who was too drunk or drugged to consent.
In most places, scientists concluded between 6 to 8 percent of men raped a woman who wasn't their partner. When they included wives and girlfriends, the figures were mostly between 30 to 57 percent.
The lowest rates were in Bangladesh and Indonesia and the highest were in Papa New Guinea.
Of those who acknowledged forcing a woman to have sex, more than 70 percent of men said it was because of "sexual entitlement."
Nearly 60 percent said they were bored or wanted to have fun while about 40 percent said it was because they were angry or wanted to punish the woman.
Only about half of the men said they felt guilty and 23 percent had been imprisoned for a rape.