South Africa – the rape capital of the world

South Africa has a reported rape rate of 132.4 per 100,00. That is an insane figure. But again, it is not all that surprising when you consider the history in the country. So many of the people are only a generation removed from being ill educated, tribal, second class citizen. 90% of the population did not have equal rights with the ruling elite, and thus they are still somewhat behind certain parts of the rest of the world. Add in the AIDS endemic, approximately 11% of the population has the disease, and the belief that sex with a virgin will cure it, and we again have compounding factors driving people to commit the most heinous of crimes. Like Botswana, baby rape is a massive problem.

South Africa has 500,000 rape crimes a year to be exact and still only one out of 9 rape cases are reported whereas the remaining are never reported (Medical Research Council). According to statistics 50 % of children have already faced this beastly crime before turning 18 and 24,892 rapes have been committed with children under the age of 18.

Another post colonial rape capital, there is a bit of a pattern here that might be worth looking into. Botswana is a third world nation. Its population is less educated, and far more tribal than western nations. It is deeply saddening to find out that nearly 10% of the population has been raped in their lives, and worse to find that there is still a 92.9 per 100,000 reported rape cases per year in the country. The African nations have different motivations to rape, beyond basic human Barbary and application of the “other” descriptor. The countries in the southern reaches of Africa are afflicted with a massive amount of AIDS. An ill educated, superstitious population has led to the belief that sex with a virgin will cure AIDS, and so that becomes a compounding factor driving people to commit rape. You will be as disgusted as I am to find out that these African nations also have the highest rate of baby rape in the world.

This is going to be a little contentious, but I am not entirely convinced that Sweden deserves to be on this list. Hell, for the most part half the nations on this list don’t deserve to be here over certain other nations I will not name, but I am sure you know who I am talking about. Reported rape in Sweden is up, the stats show that unequivocally. What makes Sweden different from most other nations is the systems in place to record the rapes. In many countries repeated rape is counted as one rape. In Sweden if a person is raped multiple times it is treated as however many times it occurred. They also have a far more broad definition of rape, which I approve of, but it does not do to loftily sit in a nation that separates sexual assault stats from rape stats and claim superiority. Add in the fact that in Sweden it is far more likely that the victim will report the crime, and we have a good basis for why the rape stats are as high as they are, sitting at 69 per 100,000. All that said, I do believe that the recent influx of culturally divergent peoples is having an effect on the prevalence of rape in the country, and something must be done to either integrate or separate these agitators.

Not all is fun and games in Europe as one of the countries that is known for being a great tourist destination also has 63 rape cases per 100,000 population (2013, Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention) one out of every three women in Sweden report that they have had a forceful sexual encounter even before they had hit their teenage years. What is more peculiar in this country is that with rapid times the rate have increased even more as according to reports only 421 rapes were reported in the year 1975 but in 2014 the number escalated to account for 6,620 rapes that were reported, this may mean that there are more voices standing up against what has been done to them but still a lot more must be done to put an end to these horrendous acts.

With 31.6 rapes per 100,000, Nicaragua is a country only a few short decades removed from war. One of the things you will note here is that many of these countries have poor infrastructure, and poorer education systems. They still operate under the belief that the man is the head of the house, and women are second class citizens. It goes to show that we in the west are only a few short generations ahead of those of certain other faiths with a rep for treating women like cattle, and we aren’t nearly as enlightened as we need to be.

Rape and crime in general have long been an issue for those living in Grenada. With a rate of 30.6 per 100,00, or in other words about 30 rapes reported per year seen as the country only has about 100,000 people living on it, it has the fifth highest rate of reported rape in the world. It has been stated to me that day to day life in Grenada is quite pleasant, and their focus on spices and tourism has led to a country that is relatively wealthy, but these figures worry me. There has been a massive push to lower the rates, that has been ongoing since the early nineties, and they have done much to educate and pacify the country. I can only hope that tings continue to improve.

 

In India, according to statistics after every 20 minutes a woman is subjected to rape, and very few if any are reported because the women are so scared out of their wits and because of the submissiveness women are subjected too. Rape crime rate has sky rocketed in the past few years from 24,923 in 2012 to 33,707 in 2013, we do not see any decrease in the numbers anytime soon. The target age of victims is 18-30 years of age and because of the lack of justice system that surrounds the country there is still very little being done for the safety of the women in India.

Down the list you will see a few countries that may have never have crossed you mind, England and Wales are one of those countries where you would least expect such horrific crimes to occur. What is surprising is that although United Kingdom has not included different forms of sexual assault as rape (meaning only penetration by penis is considered a rape, any other type of penetration by finger or object is not considered rape) still the numbers are very high. As claimed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and ONS (office for National Statistics and Home office) out of 85,000 rape crimes that occur every year in both England and Wales, 73,000 are females whereas 12,000 are males.

Another name that is very surprising to occur but is true nonetheless, the super power is subjected to being the top 3 countries where Rape crime is disturbingly high. On average 293,000 victims are sexually assaulted every year in the United States, this means that a women is sexually assaulted after every 107 seconds a day. You would think that a country that focuses so much on freedom of speech women would report the crimes they face but as it is commonly seen the gruesome act is just too much for people to open up about which gives lay way to sexual offenders not being caught that is 98% of the offenders to be exact who will never set a foot into jail because of not being reported.

 

U.S. Adults

  • About 20 million out of 112 million women (18.0%) in the United States have been raped during their lifetime.
  • Only 16% of all rapes were reported to law enforcement.
  • In 2006 alone, 300,000 college women (5.2%) were raped.
  • Among college women, about 12% of rapes were reported to law enforcement.
  • A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey on the national prevalence of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking found:
    • 81% of women who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short- or long-term impacts.
    • About 35% of women who were raped as minors also were raped as adults, compared to 14% of women without an early rape history.
    • 28% of male rape victims were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger.

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