A broadcast of the Voice of America recently (October 31, 2013, 1600 UTC) reported two incidents in Africa in which men severely attacked women. They contrasted the legal results of the incidents. In South Africa, a man was sentenced to two consecutive life terms for sexually attacked a teen age girl and then mutilating her, resulting in her death. In Kenya, by contrast, two men who had sexually assaulted a women who ended.up confined.to a.wheelchair were sentenced to--cutting grass.
One may surmise that the amount of respect for women varies in different cultures.
There has been a lot of controversy in the United States recently over laws that affect women. Many states have taken steps to reduce funding and availability of planned.parenthood and access to abortion clinics. Even though abortion is a right sugbes into law in 1973 in the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, many states have enacted laws to restrict that right by instilling requirements on doctors and hospitals.
This has promptes the American Civil Liberties Union, a non-profit legal aid organization to address this so-called "War on Women" (https://www.aclu.org/blog/tag/war-women):
"The "War on Women" describes the legislative and rhetorical attacks on women and women’s rights taking place across the nation. In includes a wide-range of policy efforts designed to place restrictions on women's health care and erode protections for women and their families. Examples at the state and federal level have included restricting contraception; cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood; state-mandated, medically unnecessary ultrasounds; abortion taxes; abortion waiting periods; forcing women to tell their employers why they want birth control, and prohibiting insurance companies from including abortion coverage in their policies."
Disrespect towards women extends into the workplace. Women on average are paid 77 cents for every dollar that men are paid for the same job (http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/303880).
Perhaps the roots of this inequality may be found in religious roots. In Judaism, for example, women are considered second-class citizens because they are excluded for participation in religious rites. Yet delving into the origin of this reveals the real reason is that women are on a higher spiritual plane and closer to G-d because they, like G-d, can create life and thus don't have to participate.
In fact, it is man who is really on a lower spiritual level and there are checks in place to help him curb his urges. Again in Judaism, women are separated from men in religious gatherings lest men be too distracted to focus in their prayers. In Islam, women cover their bodies with loose clothing so as to comply with prescriptions of modesty and to not tempt men sexually (http://www.islamqa.com/en/ref/2113).
Different hypotheses have been proposed as to what makes men so aggressive towards women. These reasons go from neurochemical and genetic (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/06/060621162228.htm) and social(http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-big-questions/201306/sexual-aggr...).
Whatever the reason, here is something to consider. When it comes to sex, women have the control and some men don't like it. Some men will act out aggressively and take what they want; they feel either a personal or social sense of entitlement.
Perhaps other men will be more "socialized" and attempt control from socially accepted modes such as enacting laws to exercise that control. Thus we have certain members of certain political parties exerted that control in a more insidious but acceptable manner.
In any case, personal growth is a possible and effective answer. Certainly society has to change and not accept this behaviour and make it clear that their desires have to be filled in a more respectful manner. Members of society have to insist on respect.
Individually it starts with self-esteem. Men need to state respecting themselves, and then respecting others will follow. Then they will feel that they cab fulfill their desires, all of their desires, through appropriate means.