In the first multi-country UN report of violence against women, rape was common within relationships. However, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner.
Ten thousand men from six countries took part in the survey to examine how widespread violence against women is and the reasons behind it.
Of those who admitted rape, just under half said they had done so more than once.
The prevalence of admitted rape varied between countries. Source: United Nations.
Papua New Guinea Bougainville Island - 62%
Indonesia Papua Province - 48.6%
Indonesia urban - 26.2%
China urban/rural - 22.2%
Cambodia - 20.4%
Indonesia rural - 19.5%
Sri Lanka - 14.5%
Bangladesh rural - 14.1%
Bangladesh urban - 9.5%
Men were asked questions like:
"Have you ever had sex with your partner when you knew she didn't want to but you thought she should agree because she's your wife/ partner?"
"Have you ever had sex with a woman or girl when she was too drunk or drugged to say whether she wanted it or not?"
The interviewer left the room while the men recorded their answers on hand-held computers.
Men who had themselves suffered violence as children, especially childhood sexual abuse were more likely to have committed rape.
The human mind is highly complex, juggling experience, social acceptance, learned behavior and motivation. I wouldn't condemn any man who suffered with mental problems. However, men and women work from different perspectives regarding sex. Perhaps a man's main drive comes from an ancient desire to dominate and procreate, just like a rutting stag or a male tiger.
I would hope the female of the human species will tame the male so that, in the not too distant future, we achieve balance.