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1,100 Congolese women raped daily.


In much of sub-Saharan Africa, rape is just another recreational activity.

From ABC…

More than 400,000 women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 were raped in the vast, war-ravaged country in central Africa during a 12-month period in 2006 and 2007, according to the study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

That is 26 times more than the 15,000 women that the United Nations has reported were raped there during the same 12 months.

“Our results confirm that previous estimates of rape and sexual violence are severe underestimates of the true prevalence of sexual violence occurring in the DRC,” said Amber Peterman, lead author of the study.

“Even these new, much higher figures still represent a conservative estimate of the true prevalence of sexual violence because of chronic under-reporting due to stigma, shame, perceived impunity, and exclusion of younger and older age groups as well as men.”