A grim new study reveals one in every fourteen women is sexually assaulted worldwide in their lifetime by someone other than an intimate partner. The finding is published in The Lancet.
The study says 7.2 percent of women of age 15 and above are reported to have undergone non-partner sexual violence.
Authors of the study researched 56 countries by searching earlier published reports between 1998 and 2011. The picture differs from country to country and India has been found to have high profile of rape cases.
The authors said the highest rates of sexual violence were found in Australasia, southern sub-Saharan Africa and central sub-Saharan Africa.
The report adds the south Asian countries are found to have the lowest rates of sexual assault as many cases go under-reporting.
The findings suggest Canada and US have 13 percent rates of sexual assault, which goes above the global average. In Democratic Republic of Congo it is 21 percent and in Namibia it is 17.4 percent. Other countries with similar rates are Zimbabwe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
The authors found lowest rate to be reported in Turkey with 4.5 percent, India with 3.3 percent and Bangladesh with 3.3 percent too.
The eastern European countries such as Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Lithuania are found to have 7 percent such reports. The central European countries like Kosovo, Serbia, Poland and Czech Republic has 10.7 percent of assault reports, and it is 11.5 percent in western European countries like Spain, Denmark, Germany, Finland, United Kingdom and Switzerland.