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Rape Statistics By Country

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Sexual Violence: A Global Perspective

Sexual violence is a pervasive social issue that merits unceasing international scrutiny and intervention. As a heinous crime threatening the sanctity of human rights, rape, in particular, remains a notable manifestation of sexual violence globally. In the United States, it figures prominently among the nation's crime statistics, invoking concern and prompting concerted efforts towards prevention and resolution. 

Analyzing public data reveals a shared and yet diverse picture of rape incidence across the world. The reported rape rate per 100,000 people serves as a significant indicator of both the national prevalence of the crime and the societal, cultural, legal, and political mechanisms that may affect its reporting and adjudicatory outcomes. 

Key findings from the data include:

  • Globally, the highest reported rape rate per 100,000 people was documented in Botswana (92.93), followed by Lesotho (82.68) and South Africa (72.10).
  • The United States fell 13th in the global rank, with a reported rape rate of 27.31 per 100,000 people.
  • Despite having one of the highest global peace rankings, Sweden also held a high reported rape rate of 63.54 per 100,000 people - this can be attributed to the broader definition of rape and superior reporting structures in the country.
  • On the lower end of the spectrum, Egypt (0.11), Azerbaijan (0.17), and Mozambique (0.19) reported the lowest rates of rape per 100,000 people.
  • Several countries, including Algeria, Belarus, and Kenya, demonstrated moderately low rape rates, falling between 2 and 3 per 100,000 people.

It's crucial to note that the data doesn't necessarily reflect the actual prevalence of sexual violence but rather the rate of reported cases. Factors such as societal norms, victim silencing, legal definitions, and law enforcement protocols heavily influence these rates. Bear in mind, our ability to combat this global issue largely hinges on first comprehending its extent and manifestations, and then fostering environments that encourage reporting and victim empowerment.

Highest Rape Statistics in the World

Topping the list is Botswana, with a disturbingly high rate of 92.93 instances of reported rape per 100,000 individuals. Close on its heels is another African nation, Lesotho, with a rate of 82.68 per 100,000 people. South Africa is third on this list, with a figure of 72.10 per 100,000 individuals, revealing a concerning trend of high sexual violence prevalence on this continent.

Off the African continent, the highest reporting rate is found in Bermuda, with a figure of 67.29 per 100,000 citizens. It's surprising to note that Sweden, a nation associated with high peace ratings, has the next highest rate, with 63.54 instances of reported rape per 100,000 citizens. This figure may be attributed to Sweden’s broader legal definition of rape and more effective reporting structures that encourage victims to come forward.

Further down the list, countries in Central and South America such as Suriname, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua also showcase significantly high rates (45.21, 36.70, and 31.60 respectively). In the Caribbean, Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis round off this ignoble list with 30.63 and 28.62 instances of reported rapes per 100,000 individuals respectively.

Highest Rape Statistics in the World (per 100K women):

  1. Botswana - 92.93
  2. Lesotho - 82.68
  3. South Africa - 72.10
  4. Bermuda - 67.29
  5. Sweden - 63.54
  6. Suriname - 45.21
  7. Costa Rica - 36.70
  8. Nicaragua - 31.60
  9. Grenada - 30.63
  10. Saint Kitts and Nevis - 28.62 

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Source

Year: 2021

Source: UNODC Violent Crime Offences