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Sexual violence in France: breaking the silence


  • N. Bajos
  • Michel Bozon
  • équipe CSF


The /Contexte de la sexualité en France /(CSF) survey in 2006 asked respondents if they had experienced forced sexual intercourse or attempted forced intercourse at some time in their life, using the same question as asked in the 2000 national survey on violence against women in France (ENVEFF). From one survey to the next, the number of reported sexual assaults doubled, with 16% of women and 5% of men in 2006 reporting experience of forced intercourse or attempted forced intercourse at some time in their life. This increase is not due to a rise in the frequency of assault, but to a greater propensity to report experience of sexual violence in a scientific survey, associated with stronger social condemnation of such acts.

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  • N. Bajos & Michel Bozon & équipe CSF, 2008. "Sexual violence in France: breaking the silence," Population and Societies 445, Institut National d'Études Démographiques (INED).
  • Handle: RePEc:idg:posoce:445

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