Poland is the country with the lowest rate of violence against women in the European Union (EU), according to a report published on Wednesday.
Are women really safer in Poland compared to, say, Denmark which came last in the survey with a staggering 52 percent of its female population having experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lives? In Poland that percentage is “just” 19.
So is “scoring” lowest a reason to celebrate or is it rather a wake-up call? After all 19 percent still means that almost one if five women in Poland experienced violence.
When you walk the streets of Krakow, Poland’s second largest city, you probably wouldn’t see many women clearly bearing signs of physical abuse. But you probably wouldn’t see them in Denmark either.
This is because violence against women is largely an “invisible” crime the scale of which remains hidden until victims come forward.
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