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article imageWHO: Violence and sexual assault on women a global 'epidemic'

By Michael Krebs     Jun 20, 2013 in Health
An analysis led by the World Health Organization has concluded that violence and sexual assaults against women has reached a worldwide "epidemic."
According to a report from the UN's World Health Organization, abuses against women - including violence and sexual assault - have become a disturbing "epidemic" worldwide.
The study found that physical and sexual abuse impacts over a third of female populations globally.
The World Health Organization had partnered with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council to commission the analysis, titled the Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.
According to WorldStat, women account for a population of roughly 3.4 billion. The "epidemic," as WHO defined it, then represents more than 1 billion abused women worldwide.
Violence against women was found to be most common among an intimate partner, with 38 percent of all murdered women having been killed by their partners. 42 percent of sexually or physically abused women sustained injuries as a result.
“These findings send a powerful message that violence against women is a global health problem of epidemic proportions,” Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO stated in the WHO press release. “We also see that the world’s health systems can and must do more for women who experience violence.”
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