London, United Kingdom – Amid an outcry that there has been an increase in violence and other forms of abuse against women in Guyana in recent times, a respected UK organization has published figures which seems to denote that the situation in Guyana is not so bad as it may seem.
Because when it comes to instances of rape, human trafficking, other forms of gender abuse, and exploitation of the female gender, a recently published report by the London-based Thompson Reuters Foundation, has established that women are more safer in Guyana than in the United States.
Bundling the US with a number of other countries with grave instances of rape such as India; – which tops the list, Afganistan, Pakistan, Syria, and Somalia, the report quoted that at least one in five American women above the age of twenty would have been raped at some point in their lives.
Transforming this ratio into one million rape victims to every five million women, observers have classified the numbers as alarming.
Focusing on the top ten countries for instances of rape and abuse against women, the report explained that the United States is tied to the same ratio of violence against women as in Syria.
It further added that the US is the leading Western nation where women face greater risks in terms of sexual violence, including rape, sexual harassment, coercion into sex and a lack of access to justice in rape cases.
For many, this revelation would have been damning, citing the fact that the United States has persistently chastised and penalize other countries for similar incidents of human trafficking, rape, and violence against women; – ironically when the numbers revealed by the Reuters investigation shows that these violations are much higher in the US.
The survey by the Thomson Reuters Foundation was launched after the #MeToo campaign went globally viral last year, and which resulted in thousands of women using the social media movement to share their stories regarding sexual harassment or abuse.
In recent times, there has been an upsurge of violence against women in Guyana, with many calling for reforms to the laws so that more severe punishments can be handed down for abusers.
However, it is believed that rape and various other forms of sexual assaults are rarely reported since many victims are either too embarrassed or afraid of the social stigma that might follow.
See link to Reuters top ten list HERE