10 Shocking Sexual Violence Statistics

Sexual Violence in any form, whether an assault or rape or molestation or Eve-teasing/Adam-teasing is probably the most heinous crimes which has been going on since the start of times across geographical boundaries. In an attempt to show how shameful of a society we live in where everyday, every hour someone or the other is facing sexual violence, let’s take a look into 10 shocking sexual violence statistics.

10 Horrific Sexual Violence Statistics:

10. The Perpetrator

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Only 6% of rapist ever serve a day in jail. It has been noted that the out of all offenders or perpetrators in rape cases, 23% of them share intimate relationship with the victim prior to the rape. While 3% are victim’s own relative. 38% of the rapists are either friend or acquaintance of the victim. Only 31% of the rapists are strangers to the victim.

9. The Location

Rape in Muslim Countries
The place where the rape takes place is matter of factors that is taken under consideration in rape cases. In case of rape, 30.9% of the rape takes place in the perpetrator’s home, while 26.6% of the rape takes place in the victim’s home. 10.1% of the rape takes place in the perpetrator’s and victim’s shared home. A party or a vehicle serves as the location 7.2% each. The location is outdoor in 3.6% of the rape cases and bar in 2.2% of the rape cases.

8. Countries With highest Rape Cases

Countries With highest Rape Cases
The countries with highest rape cases are Lesotho (91.6 per 100000), Trinidad & Tobago (58.4 per 100000), Sweden (53.2 per 100000), Korea (33.7 per 100000), New Zealand (30.9 per 100000), United States of America (28.6 per 100000), Belgium (26.3 per 100000), Zimbabwe (25.6 per 100000) and United Kingdom (23.2 per 100000).

7. Reported & Unreported Rape Cases

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The sad part of sexual violence crime is the fact that is very less reported, either out of fear or shame that the society brings upon the victim. Shockingly, only 15% of the rapes are reported, while 12% of the attempt-to-rape cases are reported. With this data, it can be realised that more than half of the rape cases in the world are not reported. Who is to blame – the administration, the judiciary or the society as a whole?

6. Victim’s Age & Race

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In cases of sexual assault, women irrespective of how old they are, face the same problem. 15% of the sexual assault victims are 12 years of age or younger. 29% of the victims are aged between 12-17 years. 44% of the sexual assault victims are below the age of 18 years. Whereas 80% of the victims are under the age of 30 years. It has been noticed from the figures that women aged from 18-34 are the worst victims of such assaults. 5. Victim’s Race. In the USA, 17.7% victims are white – Americans, 18.8% are African-Americans, 6.8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 34.1 American Indian/Alaskan Native, 14.6% Hispanic and 24.4% mixed race women.

4. Physical Injury

Sexual Violence Statistics
Among the various physical injuries that the victim suffers from rape are – 33% victims suffer minor physical injuries including bruises and chipped teeth. 5% victims suffer major injuries like gunshot wounds or broken bones. 61% suffer undetermined injuries. 82% victims use hospital services, whereas 55% victims use physician services, 17% victims use dental services. 19% of the victims use ambulatory/paramedic services. 17% of the victims use physical therapy services.

3. Mental Trauma

Sexual Violence Statistics
Apart from the visible physical injuries, a victim undergoes countless mental trauma the incident. The victims after the incident are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six time more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and four times more likely to contemplate suicide. Undoubtedly, this heinous crime takes a toll on the victim.

2. Male Rape

Sexual Violence Statistics
The notion that men can’t be raped is probably one of the biggest myths ever. Fewer than 1 in 10 male-male rapes are reported. About 3% of American men -or 1 in 33 – have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. The case is not limited to India alone, it is similar to every other part of the world. >> 10 Male Celebrities who Faced Sexual Assaults.

1. Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse
Perhaps the most hear wrenching part of the survey is the child sexual abuse. About of 19.7% girls and 7.9% boys face sexual abuse. Most of the victims are either acquaintances or relatives of the victim.  The highest prevalence rate of child sexual abuse geographically is found in Africa (34.4%). What needs to be done here is the fact that parents/guardians of children must always be alert and should engage is dialogues and discussions with their children. Knowledge about sex and sexuality as well as sexual violence must be shared between them. Only then, the child will be in a position to openly discuss such sensitive and important subjects with their parents.

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  • Myra Wood

    I noticed tgst Indja isnt mentioned ehy,?

    • popopo

      Just because some rape cases in India become breaking news for whole world doesn’t mean that India is first in rape cases right now we rank very low on rape cases
      The thing one rape case got so famous because we stood up against it we made a fuss about it we are trying to kill these social evils from society while rapes happened in America don’t make a shock wave in its citizens cause Americans are lazy they think that rapes are problem of their government instead of their own they think they’ll get everything on a golden platter but that’s not it they are fat and lazy they all the time watch TV so they know about rapes and crimes in other countries but they forget about their own country It’s said that we should not pale our noses on others problem but they forget about that I’ve seen many of them being sjw s on Internet but that’s it their problem is their Internet

      • HateCliques

        Defensive much?

        • Nishant

          Not just defensive. Presumptuous and idiotic with subtly racist undertones as well. But you do understand where he is coming from. India’s recent portrayal in the media, while only positive in the fight for women empowerment, does provide a skewed image of the situation in the country. That makes some Indian angry.

          Full Disclosure: I’m an Indian.

    • Norton Account

      Rapes in developed countries like america is 5 times that of india ,per 100,000 its seven times that of india .Population of america is 1/4th of india .

      • Andrew Campbell

        No, here you are wrong. You are failing to understand that while there is still a sense of shame about being raped in America, far more victims in America actually report the crime than victims in India. In India, only very recently have the police and judiciary taken these crimes seriously. India is like America was in the 1960’s.

        • popopo

          But only 16 percent of rape cases get reported in America ……… -.-

          • Andrew Campbell

            I don’t know the source of your data but that is 16 percent of what Americans understand is rape. In America we actually have discovered that date rape is rape and understand a husband can rape his wife as well. We have almost gone beyond the typical excuses of “well don’t dress that way at night b/c if you do you deserve to get raped” attitudes. You assume that those concepts are used and applied in India and clearly they are not. How could they when India only recently took the most severe form of rapes – gang rapes seriously? Only recently has India made a law mandating that all police officers must take rape reports or they will be committing a crime.

        • Norton Account

          It was a 2012 UN report my friend .

  • pikapico

    Point 8. is misleading. It relies purely on reported cases, which means that the reason Sweden is on that list is that the victims feel safer reporting the crime there. Otherwise the list would be dominated by war-torn countries and countries where women are systematically oppressed.

    • popopo

      Only 16 percent of total rape cases in America get reported.
      To me it doesn’t feel like that crimes against women are being reported even in a country where women are given full freedom
      But I do agree with you that if every rape case get reported in countries where women are oppressed than this list will be dominated by those countries

    • Viktor

      Good point, on the other hand how can you make statistics without reported cases?

      • pikapico

        Unfortunately, statistics are only as good as their source. Bad statistics aren’t always better than no statistics at all.

        It’s just something to keep in mind though, that’s what I originally meant.

  • Nishant

    Would the author be able to please assist me with the source of the numbers mentioned in Point 8?

  • Lars Wegge Andersen

    The myth referred to in 2 is taken out of context, as it is about rapes that require the victim to get an erection. Of course men can be raped if they are the ones penetrated