In a United Nations report, it has been revealed that almost a quarter of men surveyed in parts of Asia, have admitted to committing at least one rape.
The survey, in which 10,000 men from six countries participated, found that rape was particularly common within relationships, however, one in 10 men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner.
Forced sex was more prevalent in Papua New Guinea, where more than six out of 10 admitted forcing a woman to have sex, as compared urban areas of Bangladesh where one in 10 admitted to forced sex, BBC reports.
The survey revealed that nearly three quarters of those who committed rape said that they did so for reasons of ‘sexual entitlement’.
Report author Dr Emma Fulu said that those who admitted believed they had the right to have sex with the woman regardless of consent and the second most common motivation was to rape as a form of entertainment, for fun or because they were bored.
The third motivation for rape was using it as a form of punishment or because the man was angry and the least common motivation was alcohol.
The research found that men who had themselves suffered violence in childhood or sexual abuse were more likely to have committed rape.
Lead researchers, Professor Rachel Jewkes said that the mental health of those who committed the offence, showed high prevalence of post traumatic stress disorder including uncontrollable aggression, the disruption of normal social relations and relations in the family, the report added.