One in four Europeans (27%) finds rape acceptable under certain circumstances.
Physical, sexual or psychological violence is neither uncommon nor necessarily unacceptable in Europe. One in three women in the EU have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15, while 10% have experienced sexual harassment or cyberstalking. Researchers have put a price on the effect of violence on labour market participation, health care, and other factors.
The price tag of violence is a whopping €259bn a year.
That is the brief overview of a Eurobarometer study conducted in the EU 28 member States between the 4th and the 13th June 2016. 27,818 respondents were asked engaged.
Take a look around, because one in four Europeans (27%) think that rape is justified, “sometimes.”
Many Europeans believe that taping your partner is acceptable if they are drunk or on drugs (12%), if they make their way to their place but then don’t want to (11%), or if they don’t “physically fight back (10%).” If you are in Romania, Hungary or Bulgaria, know that rape is more acceptable than in Sweden or Spain.
And there is a widespread belief that women provoke their rapist (20%), or provoke violence in general (17%), and after all, exaggerate the claim they have been raped (22%). 22% agree that women “make them up or exaggerate” claims of abuse or rape, with proportions varying from 47% in Malta to 8% in Sweden.
One in four women in the EU has a friend or family member that has been beaten. 75% believe domestic violence against women is common. That is a 4% drop compared to the same study in 2010.
Significantly, 29% believe violence against men is common; that ranges from 61% in the U.K to only 8% in Bulgaria. The divergence is either related to gender identity and the perception of “acceptable violence” or describes a diverging reality.
And while 96% believe violence should be condemned, 15% think the law should stay out of it, as it is a “private matter.”
More than 60% of respondents say domestic violence against women is unacceptable and should always be punishable by law. But, while 90% would agree with this assertion in Portugal, only 64% would agree in Latvia or Slovakia.