'2 of 5 women don't report sexual assault' -Ambika Pandit
-The Times of India
NEW DELHI: One in four of those reporting non-marital sexual violence are adolescents in the 15-19 age group, pointing to higher vulnerability of minors who are also less likely to report such instances to police as compared to adult women, a study on the lack of disclosure of such crimes has found.
Overall, two in five female survivors do not inform anyone of sexual violence suffered. The findings on the lack of disclosure are part of an analysis of the national family health survey - 4 (2015-16) that show of 4.4 lakh adolescent girls who were victims of sexual violence in the year preceding the survey, 35% neither sought help or told anyone. Only 0.1% girls reported the violence to police. The data analysis for the 15-49 year age group shows that 14 lakh women experienced sexual violence from someone outside their marriage. Here too, 42% neither sought help nor told anyone. Only 1.9% reported the violence to police.
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