Rape is a strong word which defines a forced sexual intercourse including physical coercion and physical force when it comes to homosexual and heterosexual victims. Although most victims are women, there are cases which involve men. The sexual assault by which a victim may or may not be forced into having sex with the offender, but it may mainly contain verbal threats is still considered rape. Or Simply, rape is a sexual intercourse without valid consent.
Nowadays, it seems like rape has been a cult to most people even if they are not under the influence. This act is unacceptable by the society and considered illegal and devious. It does not matter what the causes and grounds are, but once you have forcefully harassed, molested or sexually penetrated a person, that is beyond the legalities of life, freedom, and law. Throughout the world, rape has been a common crime especially the cities that are encountering civil war. Hence, some laws protect the victims of the terrible act. The sad thing here is, in most cases, the rape victims are usually murdered too, or most of the victims chose to be silent about it.
Familiar with the ‘No means No!’? That’s basically what it means; when someone says no, you have to abide it. Every day, cases of rape crimes are continuously increasing. There are high numbers of reported crimes in every country especially cases with regards to women. And here are Top 10 Countries with Highest Rape Crime Rate in the World and the latest crime statistics as of 2015 according to the ABC News Point.
An island country in the southeastern part of the Caribbean Sea, Grenada is bordered by the countries of Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Due to the production of nutmeg and mace crops, the country is referred to as the “Island of Spice” and the largest exporter of such product.
While they say ‘crime is everywhere,’ crime rates in the country is relatively common especially the rape. Rape has about 30.6 per 100,000 citizens making it one of the highest rape offenses in the world. The criminals of such are sentenced to a maximum of 15 years of imprisonment, but it is not enough reason to reduce the yearly rape cases. Hence, victims are seeking a harsh penalty against the offenders.
The largest country in the Central American Isthmus, Nicaragua has about 6 million inhabitants. It is a representative democratic republic with a multi-ethnic population including the Europeans, Africans, Asians, and indigenous people. The name was derived from the word ‘Nicarao’ from the Spanish colonists.
Nicaragua is deemed the safest country in Central America by the United Nations Development Program. It is also listed as one of the safest in Latin America carrying a record of 8.7 homicide rate per 100,000 residents. However, the country is unsafe for women as it is registered with about 31.6 rape crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants. Hence, the country is among the top ten with the highest rape crime rates in the world.
8. Costa Rica
Another Central American country, Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Ecuador.It has about 4.5 million citizens, and the country is considered among the developing, consistent and affluent countries in Latin America. Since the abolishment of its army in 1949 after the civil war, Costa Rica is the first among the few countries without a standing army.
Since the country became a host of the refugees from Nicaragua and Colombia, illegal immigrants have surfaced in the country. Costa Rica is a Philistine nation with petty crimes including theft, pick-pocketing, mugging, and snatching and even tourists are not excused. With about 36.7 victims per 100,000 inhabitants, rape crime rates in Costa Rica is also high as it is listed among the countries with higher human development attainment.
A sovereign state located on the northeastern Atlantic coast of South America, Suriname is bordered by French Guiana, Guyana, and Brazil. It has about 566,000 inhabitants, and several distinctive tribes initially inhabit it. Due to Dutch as its official language, the country is considered the only nation outside Europe which uses Dutch as a language to most of the population.
Suriname is one of the Caribbean countries with extensive trade and cultural exchange with the Caribbean nations. Crime includes murder, robbery, and drug trade. But rape crime has an estimate of 45.2 victims among 100,000 residents. Furthermore, numerous cases of robbed tourist are recorded, and the country is known as the transit zone for cocaine routes to Europe and Africa.
A Scandinavian country in Northern Europe, Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and it has a bridge tunnel connected to Denmark. With about 9.8 million populations, the country has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometers, but it has the highest concentration in the southern half of the country.
Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union having an area of 175,896 square miles. When it comes to violence and crime, it has a recorded political offenses such as assault, homicide, sex crimes, robbery, corruption, and burglary among other. With about 63.5 per 100,000 residents, Sweden is among the first countries to criminalize marital rape in the world. There are numerous legislative amendments to decrease sexual violence in the country.
A British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda has a population of 64,237 as of 2010. The nearest landmass includes Cape Hatteras, United States, Cape Sable Island, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its economy is based on the country’s marine insurance and reinsurance, tourism, and two largest economic sectors.
However, Bermuda is also no longer a crime-free country. Before, the country was safe and crime-free, especially for tourists and visitors. A few years after, Bermuda has lost its popularity after the crimes rates have quickly elevated including homicide, theft, and sexual assaults. With about 67.3 rape incidents per 100,000 inhabitants, the country is enlisted.
A sovereign state in Southern Africa, Swaziland is adjacent to Mozambique and South Africa. It has about 1.2 million populations and is a developing country with a small economy.Nowadays, the people faces different major health issues and illnesses like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and more.
In the latest report, the statistics show the recent crime rates including violent and nonviolent crimes. These crimes have increased since the past few years and most of which are reported the residential burglary and non-residential petit theft. Rape cases are also common in the country with about 77.5 registered cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
An enslaved, landlocked country in Southern Africa, Lesotho is among the smallest and poorest countries in the world. With about 2 million residents, 40 percent of its people are living under poverty line. The name means ‘the land of the people who speak Sesotho.’ It is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Crimes in Lesotho include kidnapping, murder, human trafficking, assault, pick-pocketing, theft and sexual assaults. The country has an enormous and terrible number of rape cases. The latest statistic shows that there’s a consistent increase in the rape crime rates and there have been a registered 82.7 rape cases per 100,000 individuals.
Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana has about 2.2 million populations. The country is a landlocked country in the Southern Africa. It is bordered by South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. The country is listed as one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world.
Botswana is a developing country which encounters some violent and nonviolent crimes including burglary, snatching, grabbing, theft and pick-pocketing. However, sexual assault and rape are listed among one of the major crimes in the country making women unsafe. It has a recorded 92.9 rape cases per 100,000 inhabitant.
1. South Africa
The southernmost country in Africa, South Africa has one of the highest rates of rape crimes in the world with about 40 percent of the females being raped in their whole life. According to the Medical Research Council, approximately one of nine rapes are reported. Hence, the actual number of rape cases is much higher than expected.
Other crimes include murders, assaults, rapes and other petty crimes. With about 132.4 rape cases per 100,000 inhabitants, crime in South Africa involves women, men, and children. Four percent of men are sexually assaulted, 41 percent are children with 15 percent of them are under the age of 11. 50 percent of South Africa’s children are being abused before they reach eighteen.