*More than a third of South African men in a new survey admitted to committing rape at some point in their lives, the study’s authors said Friday.

The survey, by the government-funded Medical Research Council and non-profit organisation Gender Links, found that 37.4 percent of men in the north-central province of Gauteng admitted to committing rape at some point in their lives, while 25.3 percent of women said they had been victims of rape.

It follows up on a national survey carried out last year that found that more than one in four South African men admitted to having raped a woman or girl.

“The previous level was so high that we didn’t expect it to be even higher,” Rachel Jewkes, a researcher at the Medical Research Council, told AFP.

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