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New York: US stocks extended losses in the morning session Tuesday as a renewed broad-based sell-off around the world rattled nervous investors. By midday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slumped 314.56 points (1.90 percent), to 16,213.47. The S&P 500 dropped 36.43 points (1.85 percent), to 1,935.75. The Nasdaq Composite Index shed 67.98 points (1.42 percent), to 4,708.52. Tokyo equities dived with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index plunging 3.84 percent on Tuesday amid weak performances in other stocks markets.

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Chinese shares slumped for a second day on Tuesday on weak economic data, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index dipping 1.23 percent to end at 3,166.62 points. China’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) came in at 49.7 in August, down from 50 for July and the lowest since August 2012, according to official data released Tuesday morning. European stocks also traded sharply lower as the heavy falls across the board weighed on market sentiment.

Adding more pessimism to the market, US economic data came out negative. The US August manufacturing PMI registered 51.1 percent, missing market consensus of 52.8 percent and a decrease of 1.6 percentage points from the July reading of 52.7 percent, said the Institute Supply Management (ISM) Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday that construction spending during July 2015 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,083.4 billion US dollars, 0. 7 percent above the revised June estimate, slightly below market expectations. On Monday, US stocks declined as recent economic data fueled speculations that the Federal Reserve would begin raising interest rates from September.

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More than 3.3 Million Women in US had Unwanted and Forced First Sexual Intercourse Experience

The #MeToo movement has highlighted how frequently women experience sexual violence

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The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, estimates that one in 16 US women had an unwanted first sexual intercourse experience that was physically forced or coerced. Pixabay

More than 3.3 million women in the US had unwanted and forced first sexual intercourse experience, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, estimates that one in 16 US women had an unwanted first sexual intercourse experience that was physically forced or coerced.

The #MeToo movement has highlighted how frequently women experience sexual violence. However, no recent studies have assessed the prevalence of forced sex during girls’ and women’s first sexual encounter or its health consequences.

In an analysis of nationally representative survey data of 13,310 women, 6.5 per cent of the respondents reported a forced first sexual intercourse encounter, which is equivalent to more than 3.3 million women between the ages of 18 and 44.

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More than 3.3 million women in the US had unwanted and forced first sexual intercourse experience, a new study suggests. Pixabay

The average age for women at the time of the forced encounter was 15-and-a-half compared with 17-and-a-half for those reporting a voluntary first sexual intercourse experience, according to researchers from Harvard University in the US.

The average age of the assailant at a first forced sexual intercourse was 27 as compared with the 21 of the partner in a voluntary first sexual experience, the study said.

According to the survey, women with a forced first sexual intercourse experience were more likely to have an unwanted first pregnancy or abortion, as well as other gynaecological and general health problems.

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These findings could help doctors improve the medical care of women and girls and inform the development of public health policies aimed at reducing forced sexual initiation in the US, said the researchers. (IANS)