It’s All In The Definition, Maybe..?

Violence against women is “an extensive human rights abuse” across Europe with one in three women reporting some form of physical or sexual abuse since the age of 15 and 8% suffering abuse in the last 12 months, according to the largest survey of its kind on the issue, published on Wednesday.

And in some really odd places. Polly’s Scandi Heavens, mostly…

The report ranks countries in order depending on the responses to the survey. In three countries often praised for their gender equality, for example, high numbers of women report suffering violence since the age of 15: in Denmark 52%, Finland 47%, and Sweden 46% of women say they have suffered physical or sexual violence.

Now, why should this be? Is Magnus, Mikko and Axel prone to knocking the little woman around after too much aquavit, or has their imported population brought with them their quaint habits?

Or…could it be something a little more prosaic?

However, campaigners to end violence against women advised caution in reporting country-wide differences, given different levels of awareness of what constitutes abuse.

A loaded phrase indeed.

5 comments for “It’s All In The Definition, Maybe..?

  1. Ed P
    March 14, 2014 at 9:37 am

    You forgot to mention that this is from the parallel universe of the Guardian, where fluffy bunnies rule and words mean just what they want them to mean. Ahh, bless!

    • March 16, 2014 at 7:41 am


  2. mona
    March 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Begin with the here and now,the barbaric practice of removing a young girls clitoris, no matter what insane reason by parents may give, they must be severely punished,prove we live in a civilised country not some stone age State give this priority before Gay rights.

    • Mudplugger
      March 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Even as a male, I totally agree. Unlike male circumcision which can claim some health benefits, there can be no justification whatsoever for the barbarism that is FGM.
      It is Grievous Bodily Harm combined with Child Abuse and should be treated, and actively prosecuted, as such – a life sentence sounds about right.
      Should be far higher on the priority scale than gay-marriage or other trendy irrelevances – basic humanity first.

  3. Ed P
    March 15, 2014 at 11:42 am

    FGM is a disgusting and barbaric act of violence against girls and younfg women. It’s shameful lefty feminists are not outspoken against it. However, the article was about violence to women, not just FGM.

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