In this blog, we will delve into a topic that demands our attention and raises important discussions – counties with the highest rates of rape crimes. While it is disheartening to address such a distressing issue, it is crucial to shed light on the realities we face and work towards creating safer communities for everyone. By examining the rape statistics and understanding the factors involved of these 10 countries with the highest rape rates in the world, we hope to foster awareness, encourage dialogue, and ultimately contribute to the collective efforts of preventing and addressing these heinous crimes.
The country with highest rates of violence against women in the world is Ethiopia and nearly 60% of Ethiopian women were subjected to rape or sexual assault according to a UN report. The country is famous for the practice of marriage by abduction, where the abductor kidnaps a girl and rapes her until she becomes pregnant. Even eleven year old girls were reported as rape victims and the Ethiopian military has been accused for committing systematic rapes against civilians.
Sri Lanka being a country with highest suicide rates have strong connections with that of the rape incidents. The findings from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence was shocking which revealed that 14.5% of the sample of Sri Lankan men had perpetrated rape at some point in their lives and 96.5% of the men experienced no legal consequences. 65.8% didn’t feel worried or guilty afterwards and 64.9% had raped more than once.
This country has 2,516,918 rape cases reported which accounts to only six percent of the total rape cases. That is, one in three women had experienced sexual assault and the legal consequences were minimal and often go unreported. Most of the victims were physically injured or were beaten or disfigured.
France take up the 7th position based on the reported rape cases and rape was not considered to be a crime in this country until 1980. The country where almost 75,000 rapes happen each year according to Government studies passed a law on sexual-harassment in 1992 and on moral harassment in 2002. And the last bill to fight violence against women was passed last year.
Rape is considered to be major cause of female mortality in Germany where an estimate of 240,000 women and girls has died because of this crime. Being the number sixth country in the list of highest rapes reported, it has a big figure (6,507,394) of reported cases this year. Germany which moves forward in technology is actually moving backward in case of humanity.
Even the most developed countries of the world entitle a prominent position in the list of highest rape rates and UK is one among them. Studies reveal that approximately 85,000 women were raped on average in England and Wales every year and over 400,000 women were sexually assaulted each year The first ever joint Official Statistics bulletin on sexual violence published on 2013 estimated that one in 5 women (aged 16 – 59) has experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 16.
A recent study against women harassment revealed that a rape crime is reported in every 22 minutes in the developing country India. India, where sexual assault is rapidly increasing, consider rape as the most common crimes against women. The reported cases of rape during 2012 were 24,923 and the number of unreported cases will be much higher than this. Surprisingly, in the 98% of cases, the culprits were either parents/family, relatives, neighbors or men known to the victim. The lack of the proper punishment and legal consequences towards the culprit keep the rates increase day by day.
Sweden has the third-highest rape rate in the world where one among every four women comes out to be the victim of rape. By 2010, around 63 per 100,000 inhabitants were offended in rape cases. Studies reveal that the reported cases increased year by year and Sweden was considered to be with the highest rates of reported rape in Europe.
South Africa is regarded as “rape capital of the world “with around 65,000 rapes and other sexual assaults reported in the year 2012. South Africa has amongst the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world and one in three of the 4,000 women admitted that they were attacked for the first time during their teen age. If at all the rapist is convicted, the prison time would be around 2 years.
Unfortunately, the super power of the world also entitle the first position in the number of rapes. According to the National Violence Against Women Survey, 1 in 6 U.S. women and 1 in 33 U.S. men are victims of sexual assault and out of all the victims, 91% are females and 9% are males. The most shocking part is that outdoor rape is not common in USA and most of the rape incidents takes place inside homes.