20% of young men believe that gender-based violence does not exist, double the number in 2017

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One in five adolescents and young men (between 15 and 29 years old) believe that gender violence does not exist and what is just a “ideological invention”, according to the Youth and Gender Barometer 2021, carried out by the Reina Sofía Center on Adolescence and Youth of the FAD. This figure, the document highlights, is double the percentage collected in the study in 2017.

From the entity they warn that in the last four years there have been great advances with respect to the traditional views of gender and the fight for equality among Spanish youth, although they are changes that have been produced in a way unequal between the girls and the boys.

One of these differences is registered in the perception of gender violence. According to the study, more and more girls consider that this scourge is a very serious social problem -72.4% in 2017, 74.2% in 2021-, while in the case of young men they go from 54.2% who believed it in 2017, to a percentage that barely exceeds 50% in 2021.

The FAD alerts that it is “especially worrisome” the growing percentage of young boys who deny the existence of gender violence. In four years, from 2017 to 2021, the percentage has doubled and stands at 20%, the document says.

“One in five adolescents and young men between the ages of 15 and 29 believes that gender violence does not exist and that it is just an ‘ideological invention'”, laments the entity.


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