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Major report reveals 'extensive' abuse of women in EU

Published on Mar 5, 2014 4:29 PM

VIENNA (AFP) - A third of women in Europe have suffered a physical or sexual assault and 5 per cent have been raped, a major new study revealed on Wednesday, uncovering "extensive human rights abuse" throughout the European Union.

In addition, just over one in 10 women indicated that they experienced some form of sexual violence by an adult before they were 15 years old, according to the large-scale survey by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

The damning report "shows that physical, sexual and psychological violence against women is an extensive human rights abuse in all EU Member States", the group's director Morten Kjaerum said.

One in 10 women has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 15, one in 20 has been raped, and just over one in five has experienced physical and/or sexual violence from either a current or previous partner, the report by the Vienna-based FRA said.

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