Almost 60% of Czechs think that rape can be justified

Prevailing attitudes in Czech society often prevent victims from reporting rape.

Sofija Kordic
Sofija Kordic NewsMavens, Czechia
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Why this story matters:

According to the Amnesty International, almost three fifths of Czech adults, 58%, think that women can be held accountable for their rape because of certain behaviors.

Of 1012 respondents above 18 years of age (523 were women) 42% think that victims are partially responsible for her own rape if they flirt, 36% if they are intoxicated, 31% if they wear revealing clothing. One third of respondents think that women who didn’t clearly say no to the offender should share the blame.

At the same time, 71% think that violence against women represents a problem in Czechia. 84% respondents think that society should focus more on the prevention of violence against women. According to the proFem organisation only fraction of the crimes ends up with prosecution and punishment of the offender.

Details from the story:

  • Only 5-8% victims of rape report crime to the police.
  • 28% of Czechs think that victims are partially responsible if they walk alone at night.
  • 26% think that rape can be justified if it’s very well known that a victim had many sexual partners.
  • An analysis of unappealable verdicts from 2016 shows that a majority of sex offenders were placed on probation.
  • In most cases the perpetrator and victim knew each other. According to Martin Balcar from Amnesty International, most Czechs believe that rape is perpetrated only by strangers.
  • Amnesty International and Czech organizations fighting violence against women call for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, which could improve the position of women and crime victims.
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