PARIS: About 12% of French women say they have been victim to rape at least once in their lives, according to a poll published on Friday.
The survey, conducted by Foundation Jean Jaures, a Paris-based think tank, polled 2167 women aged 18 and over.
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About 12% of the polled women said they had suffered "sexual penetration with violence, coercion or surprise," the legal definition of rape in France.
Of the 12% of victims, 31% said they were raped by their partner, 19% by someone else they know and 17% by a stranger.
About half of the victims were children or teens at the time of the abuse, according to the poll.
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In addition to the 12% rape victims, 58% of the polled said they had been subjected to "misplaced behavior" and 43% to "sexual touching or fondling without consent."
The survey echoes recent waves of women breaking silence about their past experiences of sexual violence. The most well-known hashtags of those movements on social media include "MeToo," "MyHarveyWeinstain," "WhatWereYouWearing" and "SurvivorPrivilege."
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