EU study: A woman is raped in Germany every three minutes

Women experience violence every day. Be it at home, at work, in public places or on the Internet. A report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) shows how far the violence has already progressed.
A total of 42,000 women between the ages of 18 and 74 were surveyed in all 28 EU member states. The questions in the study entitled “Violence against women” were as follows: Have you ever been raped? Have intimate photos of you ever been circulated on the Internet or by cell phone? Does your partner get angry when you talk to another man?

The results of the “rape statistics” were shocking:

  • Every 20th woman stated that she had already been raped. In Germany, a rape occurs every three minutes.
  • At least 83 million women in the EU have been sexually harassed since the age of 15.
  • 33 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. This corresponds to around 62 million women.
  • Twelve percent of the women surveyed had even experienced forms of sexual harassment or abuse by an adult before the age of 15. Extrapolated, this amounts to 21 million.
  • One in three women has experienced psychological abuse in a relationship.
  • 18 percent of women surveyed across Europe have been victims of stalking.
  • 67% did not report the most serious incidents of violence within a partnership to the police or another organization.

The enormous scale of the problem makes it clear that violence against women does not just affect a few women, but has an impact on society as a whole on a daily basis. Physical, sexual and psychological violence against women is a serious human rights violation that can be found in all EU Member States. Women are not safe on the streets, at work and ultimately not even at home,” says FRA Director Morten Kjærum.