The University of the Witwatersrand conducted a study in 2016 during which they interviewed 2600 #Men from 18 different neighborhoods. This resulted in rather shocking results which indicated that 56 percent of the men interviewed had either raped or beaten a woman.

The nine factors likely to cause men to rape or beat up their women are revealed below.

1 Childhood trauma

Experiencing physical or sexual abuse as a child can have a tremendously big impact on your emotional development which can affect the development of social and emotional relationships. The study shows that men are five times more likely to abuse a woman if they themselves have been abused as a child.

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2 Adult trauma

Witnessing a murder or seeing someone being raped is never a pleasant sight. and can often lead to Post Traumatic stress also known as PTSD, which can cause humans to show self-destructive behaviour and/or social isolation. This can cause men to likely abuse woman 2.5 times more than average.

3 Depression

Being angry and showing reckless behaviour is only a few of the many symptoms that depression can cause. The study reported that men who have depression are three times more likely to abuse a woman. This is because "men are less likely to acknowledge feelings of self-loathing and hopelessness, instead they express their feelings through agression" according to helpguide.org

4 Alcohol abuse

Men who abuse alohol and have a drinking problem are likely to abuse woman 2.6 times more.

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The reason is that when they are drunk they show signs of aggression, agitation, compulsive behaviour, self-destructive behaviour and lack of restraint which makes them more violent.

5 Transactional sex

Men who partake in transactional sex are 3.5 times more likely to abuse a woman. This kind of sexual relationship is where a gift or money is given in exchange for sex, also known as having a Sugar Daddy or being one. In a lot of these relationships the particular person partaking in this relationship will refuse to perfrom sexual acts until they get what they want. This can then lead to the men getting aggressive and violent.

6 Buying sex

Prostitution is one of the oldest professions and even dates back to around about 2400 B.C. This is where a person offers sex for money and where the two people are not in a relationship of any kind. The study showed that men who pay for sex are 2.8 times more likely to abuse a woman.

7 Sexual entitlement

These are men who believe that their woman should give them sex when they ask for it and cannot refuse.

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These men are 2.8 times more likely to abuse women. The word entitlement says it all, "The fact of having a right to something" These men clearly believe that they have the right to sex and if it is not given then it is taken.

8 Multiple sexual partners

Men who have seven or more sexual partners in one year are likely to abuse woman 2.3 times more according to the findings of the study.

9 Controlling behaviour

"I don't like any of your friends. You must stop seeing them." or "Go #change that dress, it is too short." Those are a few comments of people who struggle with controlling behaviour. Men who show controlling behaviour are more aggressive and possessive and definitely jealous and are likely to abuse woman 2 times more than the norm.

Are woman to blame for being raped?

A study was cited by the Daily Mail, that shows that a third of Britons people believe a woman who acts flirtatiously is partially or completely to blame for being raped and more than a quarter also believe a woman is at least partly responsible for being raped if she wears sexy or revealing clothing or is drunk

A lot of people subscribe to the theory that women are to blame for being raped. How is it right to attack the victim? Yes she may have been wearing provocative clothes but rape is rape and if the one with the sexy clothes wasn't the victim then someone else was bound to be.

Will we ever start supporting each other or is dishing out blame simply easier? What if you where the victim? #South African