Rape Statistics By Country 2020

Rape is unlawful sexual activity typically involving sexual intercourse done forcibly or under threat of injury against a person’s will. Rape is a worldwide problem.

It is estimated that approximately 35% of women worldwide have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lifetime. In the majority of countries that have data available on rape report that less than 40% of women who experience sexual violence seek help. Less than 10% seek help from law enforcement.

Because many women who experience sexual violence rarely report or come forward about their incidences, exact rape numbers are challenging to report. While many countries have laws against the act of sexual assault and violence, many of them are insufficient, inconsistent, and not systematically enforced.

While people mostly hear about rape and sexual assault against women, men around the world also experience sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape every day.

Women ages 16-19 are four times more likely to be victims of rape or sexual assault and female college students ages 18-24 are three times more likely to experience sexual assault. Transgender people and those with disabilities are twice as likely to be victims of sexual assault or rape. In the United States, 70% of rape is committed by someone the victim knows.

The ten countries with the highest rates of rape (number of incidents per 100,000 citizens) are:

  1. South Africa (132.4)
  2. Botswana (92.9)
  3. Lesotho (82.7)
  4. Swaziland (77.5)
  5. Bermuda (67.3)
  6. Sweden (63.5)
  7. Suriname (45.2)
  8. Costa Rica (36.7)
  9. Nicaragua (31.6)
  10. Grenada (30.6)

South Africa has the highest rate of rape in the world of 132.4 incidents per 100,000 people. According to a survey conducted by the South African Medical Research Council, approximately one in four men surveyed admitted to committing rape. Although the Parliament of South Africa enacted the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act in 2007 attempting to amend and strengthen all laws dealing with sexual violence, the rates of reported rape, sexual abuse of children and domestic violence have continued to rise.

The United States has a rape rate of 27.3. As in many other countries, rape is grossly underreported in the United States due to victim shaming, fear of reprisal, fear of family knowing, cases not being taken seriously by law enforcement, and possible lack of prosecution for the perpetrator. Only 9% of rapists in the US get prosecuted and only 3% of rapists will spend a day in prison. 97% of rapists in the United States will walk free.

Many of the countries with high rape statistics need to look beyond just legislation to fix the problem. These countries need to look at the deep, systematic dysfunction of their cultures and social norms that have not prevented and do not prevent sexual violence.

Below is a table of each country’s rape rate (number of incidents per 100,000 people.

* Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
Country Rate Population 2019
South Africa132.458,558,270
Botswana92.92,303,697
Lesotho82.72,125,268
Bermuda67.362,506
Sweden63.510,036,379
Suriname45.2581,372
Costa Rica36.75,047,561
Nicaragua31.66,545,502
Grenada30.6112,003
Saint Kitts And Nevis28.652,823
Australia28.625,203,198
Belgium27.911,539,328
United States27.3329,064,917
Bolivia26.111,513,100
New Zealand25.84,783,063
Zimbabwe25.614,645,468
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines25.6110,589
Barbados24.9287,025
Iceland24.7339,031
Jamaica24.42,948,279
Peru23.532,510,453
Norway19.25,378,857
Trinidad And Tobago18.51,394,973
Israel17.68,519,377
France16.265,129,728
Guyana15.5782,766
Finland15.25,532,156
South Korea13.551,225,308
Chile13.318,952,038
Mexico13.2127,575,529
Mongolia12.43,225,167
Luxembourg11.9615,729
Solomon Islands11669,823
El Salvador116,453,553
Ecuador10.917,373,662
Ireland10.74,882,495
Austria10.48,955,102
Moldova10.34,043,263
Bangladesh9.82163,046,161
Uruguay9.83,461,734
Germany9.483,517,045
Netherlands9.217,097,130
Argentina8.544,780,677
Kazakhstan8.418,551,427
Brunei7.6433,285
Italy7.660,550,075
Sri Lanka7.321,323,733
Colombia6.850,339,443
Belize6.7390,353
Thailand6.769,625,582
Oman6.64,974,986
Denmark6.45,771,876
Philippines6.3108,116,615
Lithuania6.32,759,627
Paraguay67,044,636
Estonia61,325,648
Kyrgyzstan5.96,415,850
Monaco5.738,964
Senegal5.616,296,364
Morocco4.836,471,769
Romania4.719,364,557
Malta4.7440,372
Bahrain4.61,641,172
Czech Republic4.610,689,209
Kuwait4.54,207,083
Poland4.137,887,768
Portugal410,226,187
Mauritius3.91,269,668
Latvia3.51,906,743
Spain3.446,736,776
Russia3.4145,872,256
Croatia3.24,130,304
Slovenia3.12,078,654
Maldives3530,953
Palestine34,981,420
Sudan2.942,813,238
Guatemala2.917,581,472
Bulgaria2.87,000,119
Singapore2.75,804,337
Slovakia2.65,457,013
Hungary2.59,684,679
Cyprus2.51,198,575
Cameroon2.425,876,380
Algeria2.443,053,054
Belarus2.39,452,411
Uganda2.144,269,594
Kenya2.152,573,973
Jordan210,101,694
Greece1.910,473,455
Georgia1.93,996,765
Qatar1.82,832,067
Montenegro1.8627,987
India1.81,366,417,754
Canada1.737,411,047
Hong Kong1.67,436,154
Turkey1.583,429,615
United Arab Emirates1.59,770,529
Ukraine1.443,993,638
Sierra Leone1.47,813,215
Bosnia And Herzegovina1.23,301,000
Andorra1.277,142
Japan1126,860,301
Guinea112,771,246
Yemen0.829,161,922
Syria0.817,070,135
Nepal0.828,608,710
Albania0.72,880,917
Serbia0.78,772,235
Turkmenistan0.65,942,089
Tajikistan0.59,321,018
Lebanon0.56,855,713
Armenia0.42,957,731
Mozambique0.230,366,036
Azerbaijan0.210,047,718
Egypt0.1100,388,073
Liechtenstein038,019