Rape is a worldwide problem, and the United States is no exception.
Rape is unlawful sexual activity (sexual assault) involving sexual intercourse performed without consent or forcibly or under threat of injury against a person’s will.
In the United States, about 43.6% of women and 24.8% of men experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). About 21.3% of women surveyed reported completed or attempted rape at some point in their lives, with 1.2% reporting completed or attempted rape in the 12 months preceding the survey. About 2.6% of men reported experiencing completed or attempted rape at some point in their lives. About 81.3% of female victims and 70.8% of male victims experienced their first completed or attempted rape before the age of 25.
It is important to note that rape is widely unreported, and therefore statistics on rape are not always accurate depictions of the actual number of incidents. However, the #MeToo movement has helped the number of
Rape statistics vary from state to state and can be influenced by factors such as demographics, culture, economics, and law enforcement capabilities.
States with the Highest Rape Statistics
Alaska has the highest rape rate in the United State of 161.6 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants. Alaska tends to have higher crime rates than other states, in large part due to the lack of law enforcement, especially in rural, isolated communities. The state in particular is dangerous for women, with 59% of Alaskan women experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both.
Michigan has the second-highest rape rate of 76.9 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants. Rape is especially prevalent in Detroit, where a crime report from 2018 showed reductions in every type of crime in the city, except for rape. In 2018, the number of reported rapes in Detroit was 894, a 28% increase from 697 in 2017. University of Michigan saw a 150% increase in reported rapes between 2017 and 2018, from 18 to 45. Officials believe that the #MeToo campaign is partially responsible for the increases.
With a rape rate of 76.8 per 100,000, Nevada’s rape rate puts it just below Michigan’s as the third highest rate in the country. Las Vegas Police and the Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada have seen a steady increase in the number of rape cases reported since the #MeToo movement. The Nevada Uniform Crime Report shows that the most probable demographics for offenders in Nevada are males between the ages of 30-34.
Arkansas’s rape rate is 72.9 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants, making it the fourth-highest in the country. Like other states, the number of rape cases reported at state universities has increased significantly.
Colorado has the fifth-highest rape rate in the United States of 71.5 rapes per 100,000 in habitants. Colorado’s high rape rate can be attributed to victims’ confidence in reporting assaults and having a better shot of conviction for the offender. This includes the #MeToo movement and high-profile rape allegations sweeping news headlines and Colorado’s laws that mandates DNA testing of the accused and that sexual assault evidence be tested within 180 days of submission.
In contrast, the states with the lowest rape rates are:
- New Jersey (16 per 100,000)
- Mississippi (18 per 100,000)
- Connecticut (23.5 per 100,000)
- Georgia (25.2 per 100,000)
- North Carolina (25.4 per 100,000)