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Bassima Hakkaoui: More than 93% of abused women remain silent

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A total of 93.4% of abused women do not file a complaint against their attacker, said Tuesday, July 9th, the Minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui. MAP reported.

Only 6.6% of women victims of violence have filed a complaint and are mostly divorced or widowed women, said the minister who was the guest of the MAP Forum around the theme of “fighting violence against women: what are the approaches?”.

Referring to the results of the second national survey on the prevalence of violence against women, Mr. Hakkaoui pointed out that the prevalence of violence in the last 12 months from the date of completion of the survey (January 2nd – March 10th, 2019) reached 54.4%.

The prevalence rate of violence is highest in urban areas, at 55.8%, while it is 51.6% in rural areas, she said, noting that the most vulnerable age are women aged 25 to 29 (59.8%).

Through forms of violence, the Minister noted that the prevalence rate of psychological violence has reached 49.1%, while economic violence is 16.7%, physical violence 15.9% and sexual violence 14, 3%.

The survey also revealed that 3.2% of adult women aged 18 to 64, or 349,688 women, experienced all forms of violence, while 12.4% of Moroccan women experienced violence in the public space with a rate of 66.5% for sexual violence, 49.1% for mental violence and 33.2% for physical violence.

In a family environment, the minister continued, 17.9% of Moroccan women were exposed to violence, with a prevalence of 92.2% of psychological violence, 21.5% of physical violence and 2.2% of sexual violence.

According to initial findings of the survey, 24.3% of employed women were abused in the workplace, while 30.9% of divorced and widowed women are victims of violence. The survey also reported 52.2% spousal violence and 54.4% violence among fiancées before marriage.

With regard to cyber violence, 13.4% of women said they had been victims of this form of violence, she said. Evidence shows that girls with a high level of education are more vulnerable to this type of violence.