Dangerous for women

70 percent of Papua New Guinea women experienced rape or assault

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In a nation of seven million, an estimated 70 percent of women in Papua New Guinea will experience rape or assault in their lifetimes. The Pacific island was named “one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman” by Human Rights Watch last week based on the grim rape statistic, mob abuse of women and girls accused of “witchcraft,” and high rate of domestic violence (at least 68 percent of women are beaten in the home, and abusers often go unpunished, despite a 2013 law to criminalize the act).

A focus on one region found that 41 percent of men had raped a woman who was not their partner, but all the figures are considered “unreliable” because few women report abuses for fear of retribution, according to the Telegraph. For women in the country, which was an Australian colony until 1975, neither the home nor public proves safe.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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