EU women experience vast violence and human rights Abuse
Violence among women is more prevalent than may appear. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) revealed in a recent survey that 1 in 3 women in the EU have experienced physical or sexual violence since age 15.
42,000 women were interviewed by the agency in their study ‘Violence against women: an EU-wide study,’ the biggest survey ever made on the subject. Here are some of the stunning results discovered by the study:
- The top three countries that showed the highest incidence of physical violence among women are Denmark (52%), Finland (47%) and Sweden (46%)
- Half of women in the EU have experienced some sort of sexual harassment at least once since age 15
- Top three countries that showed the highest incidence of sexual harassment are Denmark, Sweden and Netherlands
- Top three countries that showed the highest incidence of violence to women before age 15 are Finland (53%), Estonia (50%) and France (47%)
- 35% of women said they have experienced some form of violence by an adult before the age of 15
- 1 in 20 women (5%) have been raped since age 15
- Top three psychological consequences experienced by victims of violence: Feeling vulnerable, loss of self-confidence and anxiety
Women respondents said that the top forms of support they need after a serious incident of violence include having someone to talk to, protection and practical help.
FRA director Morten Kjaerum commented that ‘What emerges is a picture of extensive abuse that affects many women’s lives, but is systematically under-reported to the authorities.
‘Violence against women is an extensive human rights abuse in all EU member states.’
The study admitted that many groups have to be involved to improve the situation of women in the EU, including employers, health professionals and Internet companies. It recommended that men also need to be actively involved in talks to combat violence among women.