Sexual violence

Twelve percent had experienced sexual violence at least once since age 15. 1 Forty-three per cent of women experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Women who are employed for cash are more likely to have ever experienced sexual violence (18%) than unemployed or women employed but not for cash (11% each). Women who are divorced, separated, or widowed are more likely to have ever experienced sexual violence (22%) than currently married women (15%) and never-married women (2%). Rural women are somewhat more likely to have experienced sexual violence (13%) than urban women (11%). Among ever-married women, the current husband is the most commonly reported perpetrator of sexual violence (87%). Among all women, 3 percent have experienced sexual violence perpetrated by a stranger and 2 percent by a relative.

  • 1. Nepal Demographic and Health Survey, 2011