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One in five Swiss women has been a victim of sexual violence

National News // By Tay Kinnear // May 22, 2019

One in five women in Switzerland have been subjected to sexual violence at some point in their lives, according to a report for Amnesty Switzerland, which also says that nearly 60 per cent of women have experienced sexual harassment.

Pixabay One in five Swiss women has been a victim of sexual violence

The gfs.bern institute carried out the study for Amnesty and found that 22 per cent of women over the age of 16 had been subjected to non-consensual sexual acts and 12 per cent had had sex against their will. The survey questioned 4,500 women.

Only eight per cent of victims reported their assaults to police while around half of those who’d been subjected to sexual violence had not ever talked about their experience.   

Under Swiss law, rape is only recognised if there is coercion by the perpetrator and resistance from the victims. However, the Istanbul Convention, which entered into force in the country last year, states that a lack of consent should be the basis for any legal definition of rape and other forms of sexual violence.

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