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63% men say yes to domestic violence if partners deny sex

A staggering number of 63% men support physical assault of partners if they withhold sex.

The report of a nationwide study pointed towards the disturbing fact.

It furthers indicated that about 54% of the respondents had not heard of STI/STDs while 27% of young males had not heard of the term “family planning.”

The study was conducted by James P Grant School of Public Health of Brac University and funded by The Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh.

The report, “Male Youth and Their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Bangladesh: A Mixed-Methods Nationwide Study,” was unveiled at a webinar on Thursday.

As many as 73% of the respondents expressed their concern over their sexual performance.

Their prime concern was if their partners were satisfied sexually.

The study highlighted poor sexual health scenario of male partners in Bangladesh, starting from education to the healthcare arena.

As many as 11,102 male respondents, aged between 15 and 24, took part in the study.

It was conducted through systematic random sampling in all 64 districts (from 81 urban and 289 rural clusters).

From August 2019 to February 2020, samples were collected using three different methods.

The qualitative research was done in Chittagong, Satkhira, Sunamganj, and Bandarban.

As many as 60% respondents first learned of puberty from their peers while it was found that 75% of the respondents have watched pornography at least once during lifetime.

The average age for watching pornography for the first time was around 15 years.

About 11% of the respondents used sexual stimulants during sexual activity at least once such as viagra, yaba, alcohol, and herbal potions, the researchers found.

“Such a shocking revelation from 62% of respondents, who believed that there are times when wives deserved to be beaten if they deny sex with husbands is alarming. It speaks volumes of the male aggression in the society,” one of the researchers, who conducted the study, said.

The study found that only 6% males consulted healthcare professionals at least once while most could not out of shyness and embarrassment.

Researchers termed the trends as sensitive and said for 59% of erectile dysfunction cases, and 61% of urethral discharge cases, the respondents sought advice from the informal sector. Interestingly, unmarried males were more prone to use condoms but still only 55% used them, while only 30% married used condoms during sexual intercourse. At least 29% of young males said that condoms reduce pleasure,

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