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DR Congo has highest rates of sexual violence

VICTIM: A Congolese woman, who was raped by soldiers, comforts her son in 2011 (PA)

RESEARCH HAS revealed that the Democratic Republic of Congo has the highest rates of sexual violence.

In a recent report in The Lance journal, research, which looked at the prevalence of non-partner sexual violence in 56 countries, suggests that the global picture varies widely.

Figures showed that sexual violence rates were highest in countries in central and southern sub-Saharan African states including Congo, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. It was also high in New Zealand and Austrailia.

Countries in North Africa, the Middle East and south Asia reported the lowest rates.

The Lance report also revealed that worldwide, over seven percent of women aged 15 or older have reported being sexually assaulted by someone other than their intimate partner.

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