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Globally 1 in 14 Women Report Nonpartner Sexual Violence — Physician’s First Watch

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February 12, 2014

Globally 1 in 14 Women Report Nonpartner Sexual Violence

By Kelly Young

An estimated 7% of women ages 15 and older worldwide say they've been the victims of nonpartner sexual violence, according to a systematic review in the Lancet.

Researchers analyzed 77 studies published from 1998 to 2011 in 56 countries that examined the prevalence of sexual violence against women by people who were not their intimate partners. Central and southern sub-Saharan Africa and Australasia had the highest prevalences of violence (close to 20%).

Nurse practitioner Diane Judge of NEJM Journal Watch says: "The universality and appallingly high prevalence of sexual violence reminds me to remain aware it may be a factor in women with depression, substance abuse, and unexplained pain syndromes."

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