Rape Statistics By Country 2019

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
Liechtenstein038,019
Egypt0.1100,388,073
Azerbaijan0.210,047,718
Mozambique0.230,366,036
Armenia0.42,957,731
Lebanon0.56,855,713
Tajikistan0.59,321,018
Turkmenistan0.65,942,089
Serbia0.78,772,235
Albania0.72,880,917
Nepal0.828,608,710
Syria0.817,070,135
Yemen0.829,161,922
Guinea112,771,246
Japan1126,860,301
Andorra1.277,142
Bosnia And Herzegovina1.23,301,000
Sierra Leone1.47,813,215
Ukraine1.443,993,638
United Arab Emirates1.59,770,529
Turkey1.583,429,615
Hong Kong1.67,436,154
Canada1.737,411,047
India1.81,366,417,754
Montenegro1.8627,987
Qatar1.82,832,067
Georgia1.93,996,765
Greece1.910,473,455
Jordan210,101,694
Kenya2.152,573,973
Uganda2.144,269,594
Belarus2.39,452,411
Algeria2.443,053,054
Cameroon2.425,876,380
Cyprus2.51,198,575
Hungary2.59,684,679
Slovakia2.65,457,013
Singapore2.75,804,337
Bulgaria2.87,000,119
Guatemala2.917,581,472
Sudan2.942,813,238
Palestine34,981,420
Maldives3530,953
Slovenia3.12,078,654
Croatia3.24,130,304
Russia3.4145,872,256
Spain3.446,736,776
Latvia3.51,906,743
Mauritius3.91,269,668
Portugal410,226,187
Poland4.137,887,768
Kuwait4.54,207,083
Czech Republic4.610,689,209
Bahrain4.61,641,172
Malta4.7440,372
Romania4.719,364,557
Morocco4.836,471,769
Senegal5.616,296,364
Monaco5.738,964
Kyrgyzstan5.96,415,850
Estonia61,325,648
Paraguay67,044,636
Lithuania6.32,759,627
Philippines6.3108,116,615
Denmark6.45,771,876
Oman6.64,974,986
Thailand6.769,625,582
Belize6.7390,353
Colombia6.850,339,443
Sri Lanka7.321,323,733
Italy7.660,550,075
Brunei7.6433,285
Kazakhstan8.418,551,427
Argentina8.544,780,677
Netherlands9.217,097,130
Germany9.483,517,045
Uruguay9.83,461,734
Bangladesh9.82163,046,161
Moldova10.34,043,263
Austria10.48,955,102
Ireland10.74,882,495
Ecuador10.917,373,662
El Salvador116,453,553
Solomon Islands11669,823
Luxembourg11.9615,729
Mongolia12.43,225,167
Mexico13.2127,575,529
Chile13.318,952,038
South Korea13.551,225,308
Finland15.25,532,156
Guyana15.5782,766
France16.265,129,728
Israel17.68,519,377
Trinidad And Tobago18.51,394,973
Norway19.25,378,857
Peru23.532,510,453
Jamaica24.42,948,279
Iceland24.7339,031
Barbados24.9287,025
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines25.6110,589
Zimbabwe25.614,645,468
New Zealand25.84,783,063
Bolivia26.111,513,100
United States27.3329,064,917
Belgium27.911,539,328
Australia28.625,203,198
Saint Kitts And Nevis28.652,823
Grenada30.6112,003
Nicaragua31.66,545,502
Costa Rica36.75,047,561
Suriname45.2581,372
Sweden63.510,036,379
Bermuda67.362,506
Lesotho82.72,125,268
Botswana92.92,303,697
South Africa132.458,558,270