Rape Statistics By Country 2021

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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. Eswatini (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 2021

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Rape Statistics By Country 2021

* 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 2021 Population
South Africa132.4066,19660,041,994
Botswana92.901,8652,397,241
Lesotho82.701,7772,159,079
Eswatini77.508491,172,362
Bermuda67.304362,090
Sweden63.505,96010,160,169
Suriname45.20223591,800
Costa Rica36.701,6855,139,052
Nicaragua31.601,8296,702,385
Grenada30.6032113,021
Saint Kitts And Nevis28.601553,544
Australia28.606,37825,788,215
Belgium27.902,99111,632,326
United States27.3084,767332,915,073
Bolivia26.102,58711,832,940
New Zealand25.801,1294,860,643
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines25.6028111,263
Zimbabwe25.603,18615,092,171
Barbados24.9068287,711
Iceland24.7078343,353
Jamaica24.406682,973,463
Peru23.506,75133,359,418
Bahamas22.7078396,913
Norway19.209385,465,630
Trinidad And Tobago18.502471,403,375
Israel17.601,2438,789,774
France16.2010,10865,426,179
Guyana15.50117790,326
Finland15.208185,548,360
South Korea13.506,32151,305,186
Chile13.302,23319,212,361
Mexico13.2014,993130,262,216
Mongolia12.403423,329,289
Luxembourg11.9057634,814
Solomon Islands11.0056703,996
El Salvador11.006816,518,499
Ecuador10.901,48417,888,475
Ireland10.704794,982,907
Austria10.408759,043,070
Moldova10.303684,024,019
Bangladesh9.8211,682166,303,498
Uruguay9.803273,485,151
Germany9.407,72483,900,473
Netherlands9.201,53017,173,099
Argentina8.503,36745,605,826
Kazakhstan8.401,29818,994,962
Brunei7.6028441,532
Italy7.604,51360,367,477
Sri Lanka7.301,43221,497,310
Colombia6.803,14951,265,844
Belize6.7021404,914
Thailand6.704,63669,950,850
Oman6.601835,223,375
Denmark6.404005,813,298
Lithuania6.302082,689,862
Philippines6.305,813111,046,913
Estonia6.00811,325,185
Paraguay6.003597,219,638
Kyrgyzstan5.903146,628,356
Monaco5.70239,511
Senegal5.6069317,196,301
Morocco4.801,50737,344,795
Malta4.70442,784
Romania4.701,00719,127,774
Bahrain4.60361,748,296
Czech Republic4.6048010,724,555
Kuwait4.501194,328,550
Poland4.101,56737,797,005
Portugal4.0042410,167,925
Mauritius3.90511,273,433
Latvia3.50781,866,942
Spain3.401,57846,745,216
Russia3.404,907145,912,025
Croatia3.201414,081,651
Slovenia3.10632,078,724
Maldives3.009543,617
Palestine3.001055,222,748
Guatemala2.9040118,249,860
Sudan2.901,18944,909,353
Bulgaria2.802116,896,663
Singapore2.701185,896,686
Slovakia2.601425,460,721
Cyprus2.50271,215,584
Hungary2.502469,634,164
Cameroon2.4044727,224,265
Algeria2.4081244,616,624
Belarus2.302189,442,862
Uganda2.1070947,123,531
Kenya2.1084754,985,698
Jordan2.0011010,269,021
Georgia1.90823,979,765
Greece1.9021510,370,744
Montenegro1.8011628,053
Qatar1.80132,930,528
India1.8022,1721,393,409,038
Canada1.7057638,067,903
Hong Kong1.601127,552,810
United Arab Emirates1.50729,991,089
Turkey1.501,07185,042,738
Sierra Leone1.40798,141,343
Ukraine1.4063543,466,819
Andorra1.20177,355
Bosnia And Herzegovina1.20463,263,466
Guinea1.009213,497,244
Japan1.001,289126,050,804
Syria0.8015618,275,702
Nepal0.8021029,674,920
Yemen0.8017630,490,640
Albania0.70242,872,933
Serbia0.70728,697,550
Turkmenistan0.60276,117,924
Lebanon0.50196,769,146
Tajikistan0.50279,749,627
Armenia0.40112,968,127
Azerbaijan0.201610,223,342
Mozambique0.204432,163,047
Egypt0.10104,258,327
Liechtenstein0.0038,250

Rape Statistics By Country 2021