Michelle Bachelet on victims of physical or sexual violence

Michelle Bachelet: “One third of women in the word suffer some kind of physical or sexual violence”

Fact-check by El Polígrafo (El Mercurio, Chile)

President Michelle Bachelet, using a WHO study from 2013, claimed that “one third of women in the world suffer some kind of physical or sexual violence”. But this is not true enough. The research is founded on databases from two territories of 79 countries instead of national samples. Also, the information considers violence against women of 15 to 49 years of age and use questionnaires which are not always comparable. Although the WHO report talks about one out of three women have suffered violence, it focuses on prevalence of violence in a lifetime, so it is important to note, it is not the same to say one third of women “have experienced” once in a lifetime violence, than to “experience” violence now or in the recent past, like experts explain. The statement is “Half True”.

You can read the full fact-check on Sunday’s “El Mercurio” or download the pdf (El Mercurio)

photo: Ximena Navarro, Presidencia de la República

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