Rape Statistics by Country 2020

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

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

Because many women who experience sexual violence seldom 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.

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 attempted to amend and strengthen all sexual violence laws with the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act in 2007, 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.

Here are the 10 countries with the highest rape rates:

  1. South Africa (132.40)
  2. Botswana (92.90)
  3. Lesotho (82.70)
  4. Swaziland (77.50)
  5. Bermuda (67.30)
  6. Sweden (63.50)
  7. Suriname (45.20)
  8. Costa Rica (36.70)
  9. Nicaragua (31.60)
  10. Grenada (30.60)

Rape Statistics by Country 2020

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Rape Statistics by Country 2020

* 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 Incidents Population 2020
South Africa132.4066,19659,308,690
Botswana92.901,8652,351,627
Lesotho82.701,7772,142,249
Swaziland77.508491,160,164
Bermuda67.304362,278
Sweden63.505,96010,099,265
Suriname45.20223586,632
Costa Rica36.701,6855,094,118
Nicaragua31.601,8296,624,554
Grenada30.6032112,523
Saint Kitts And Nevis28.601553,199
Australia28.606,37825,499,884
Belgium27.902,99111,589,623
United States27.3084,767331,002,651
Bolivia26.102,58711,673,021
New Zealand25.801,1294,822,233
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines25.6028110,940
Zimbabwe25.603,18614,862,924
Barbados24.9068287,375
Iceland24.7078341,243
Jamaica24.406682,961,167
Peru23.506,75132,971,854
Bahamas22.7078393,244
Norway19.209385,421,241
Trinidad And Tobago18.502471,399,488
Israel17.601,2438,655,535
France16.2010,10865,273,511
Guyana15.50117786,552
Finland15.208185,540,720
South Korea13.506,32151,269,185
Chile13.302,23319,116,201
Mexico13.2014,993128,932,753
Mongolia12.403423,278,290
Luxembourg11.9057625,978
Solomon Islands11.0056686,884
El Salvador11.006816,486,205
Ecuador10.901,48417,643,054
Ireland10.704794,937,786
Austria10.408759,006,398
Moldova10.303684,033,963
Bangladesh9.8211,682164,689,383
Uruguay9.803273,473,730
Germany9.407,72483,783,942
Netherlands9.201,53017,134,872
Argentina8.503,36745,195,774
Kazakhstan8.401,29818,776,707
Brunei7.6028437,479
Italy7.604,51360,461,826
Sri Lanka7.301,43221,413,249
Colombia6.803,14950,882,891
Belize6.7021397,628
Thailand6.704,63669,799,978
Oman6.601835,106,626
Denmark6.404005,792,202
Lithuania6.302082,722,289
Philippines6.305,813109,581,078
Estonia6.00811,326,535
Paraguay6.003597,132,538
Kyrgyzstan5.903146,524,195
Monaco5.70239,242
Senegal5.6069316,743,927
Macedonia5.001032,083,374
Morocco4.801,50736,910,560
Malta4.70441,543
Romania4.701,00719,237,691
Bahrain4.60361,701,575
Czech Republic4.6048010,708,981
Kuwait4.501194,270,571
Poland4.101,56737,846,611
Portugal4.0042410,196,709
Mauritius3.90511,271,768
Latvia3.50781,886,198
Spain3.401,57846,754,778
Russia3.404,907145,934,462
Croatia3.201414,105,267
Slovenia3.10632,078,938
Maldives3.009540,544
Palestine3.001055,101,414
Guatemala2.9040117,915,568
Sudan2.901,18943,849,260
Bulgaria2.802116,948,445
Singapore2.701185,850,342
Slovakia2.601425,459,642
Cyprus2.50271,207,359
Hungary2.502469,660,351
Cameroon2.4044726,545,863
Algeria2.4081243,851,044
Belarus2.302189,449,323
Uganda2.1070945,741,007
Kenya2.1084753,771,296
Jordan2.0011010,203,134
Georgia1.90823,989,167
Greece1.9021510,423,054
Montenegro1.8011628,066
Qatar1.80132,881,053
India1.8022,1721,380,004,385
Canada1.7057637,742,154
Hong Kong1.601127,496,981
United Arab Emirates1.50729,890,402
Turkey1.501,07184,339,067
Sierra Leone1.40797,976,983
Ukraine1.4063543,733,762
Andorra1.20177,265
Bosnia And Herzegovina1.20463,280,819
Guinea1.009213,132,795
Japan1.001,289126,476,461
Syria0.8015617,500,658
Nepal0.8021029,136,808
Yemen0.8017629,825,964
Albania0.70242,877,797
Serbia0.70728,737,371
Turkmenistan0.60276,031,200
Lebanon0.50196,825,445
Tajikistan0.50279,537,645
Armenia0.40112,963,243
Azerbaijan0.201610,139,177
Mozambique0.204431,255,435
Egypt0.10102,334,404
Liechtenstein0.0038,128