A massive 22 percent of women in the Netherlands dealt with sexual violence at least once in their lives, according to a study by Rutgers. 11 percent of them were raped. Among men 6 percent fell victim to sexual violence, including 1 percent who were raped, NU.nl reports.
If unwanted kisses and touches are included under the term sexual violence, 53 percent of women and 19 percent of men fell victim to this. 5 percent of women and 2 percent of men experienced sexual violence before they turned 12 years old. Many victims still struggle with psychological problems as a result of sexual violence. Some also faced sexual- and relationship problems.
Rutgers interviewed 17 thousand Dutch people between the ages of 18 and 80 years for this study, called Sexual health in the Netherlands 2017. The researchers did not only look at sexual violence, but also at how people in the Netherlands experience sex, how often they do it, and whether they use contraception.