One in 5 Filipino women suffer abuse: survey

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 15 2010 01:01 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2010 12:44 AM

MANILA, Philippines - One in 5 Filipino women aged under 50 have suffered physical abuse since the age of 15, according to a government survey released Friday.

The survey of 14,000 women conducted in 2008 found that women with no education or only primary education were physically abused almost twice as much as those who were better educated.

It also found that 9% of women had experienced "sexual violence," often involving either a husband or a boyfriend, the National Statistics Office said.

They were asked: "at any time in your life, as a child or as an adult, has anyone ever forced you in any way to perform any sexual acts against your will?"

The chance of experiencing sexual violence was also found to be greater for poorer women and those with less education, the statement said.