LONDON (AP) — International researchers studying rape say they're startled about how common violence against women is.
The first large studies of rape and sexual violence find that about 1 in 10 men in six Asian countries surveyed admitted raping a woman who was not their partner. When their wife or girlfriend was included, that figure rose to about 25 percent.
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.
The researchers say the findings should change perceptions about how common violence against women is and prompt major campaigns to prevent it. They say engrained sexist attitudes contributed, but other factors like poverty or being emotionally and physically abused as children were major risk factors for men's violent behavior.
The studies were published online Tuesday in the journal, Lancet Global Health.