December 13, 2017

Increased Reports of Rape and Sexual Assault Leading to Divorce in Iran

According to Reuters, there has been an increase in the divorce rate due to more women reporting being raped or sexual assaulted by their husbands.

The divorce rate has rocketed, having doubled in the last ten years.

Experts say this increase is a direct result of Iranian women’s growing confidence in speaking out against sexual assault. One woman attributed her abusive husband’s behavior to his fondness for the movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

“He was obsessed with the movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and tried to emulate the sexual methods of characters by using handcuffs and a mask”, said Sarah, 29.

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Mehdrad Darvishpour, a sociology lecturer at Malardalen University in Sweden, says that cases like these can be prevented by implementing sex education. “The only source of information (men) have is porn movies, which portray women as a sexual tool”, he said. He added that they “expect the same in their lives, by treating their wives as sex slaves”.

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