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article imageviolence against women in Papua New Guinea spreads HIV/AIDS

By kurtrat     Mar 6, 2007 in World
Violence against women, a huge problem.
According to the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier Online, "domestic violence is an accepted practice in PNG." The social acceptability of violence against women seems to be a major factor contributing to the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS among women.
Michelle Kopi, cadet researcher in the political and legal studies division at the National Research Institute, reports that in a male-dominated society, women often lack the power to insist on safe sex, even in marriage. As a result, they are a greater risk of contracting HIV. Also, where polygamy is practiced, HIV/AIDS statistics for women are high. It is estimated that by 2010, ten percent of the population of Papua New Guinea could be infected with HIV/AIDS. For women, refusing to engage in unsafe sexual practices often results in violence.
Recent research found that 55 percent of PNG women said they had been raped, mostly by men they knew. Children are also vulnerable to sexual violence in the home, as indicated by the increasing level of incest and child sexual abuse.
The government has made many promises to prevent domestic violence and reduce HIV/AIDS; however, women and children still wait to see a decrease in the levels of violence against them.
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