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VIENNA (AP) — A survey of 42,000 women across the European Union indicates that about one in 10 have been the victims of sexual violence.

And of those who said they'd been victims, half reported being raped.

The survey released today by the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights is the most ambitious effort yet to gauge the extent of sexual violence and harassment experienced by the 187 million women in the EU's 28 nations.

The results suggest that more than 100 million women were victims of sexual harassment -- ranging from indecent exposure to inappropriate requests for a date.

The survey was based on face-to-face interviews with women between 15 and 74 in all 28 EU countries.

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