Sexual assault happens everywhere, no matter what culture, ethnicity, race or region.
These cases are very hard to analyse resulting in it being a rarely reported crime in many countries around the world. The more advanced and developed a country is, the more available the access to statistics are leading to large numbers of cases going unreported in third world countries.
Cultural barriers also influence the reporting rates of sexual assault and rape as victims in some countries may be much less likely to report due to the social shame cast on women who have been subjected to sexual violence.
Here we countdown the top 10 most notorious countries for sexual assault and rape crimes. You may be surprised to find that some of the most well developed countries have made the list.
10. Denmark – according to a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights conducted in 2014, 1 in 3 women in Denmark have suffered some form of sexual assault with 5% having been raped.
9. Zimbabwe – according to statistics by Zimbabwe National Statistics, 500 women in Zimbabwe are sexually assaulted monthly and at least one woman is raped every 90 minutes.
8. Australia – in 2012, 51,200 Australians over the age of 18 were estimated victims of sexual assault and at least 70% of these cases occurred by family, friends or school and work colleagues.
7. Canada – according to the Huffington Post, 1 in 4 Canadian women will be sexual assaulted throughout their lifetime with 460, 000 sexual assaults per year.
6. New Zealand – according to the Minister of Justice Publication Report, 1 in 3 females and 1 in 6 males will be sexual assaulted prior to the age of 16 and every 2 hours there is a sexual violence attack in New Zealand.
5. India – in India there are 93 rape cases per day and 94% of these cases are by someone known to the victim including relatives, parents and neighbours.
4. England – according to a report called ‘An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales’, 1 in every 5 women have experience some sort of sexual violence post age 16 with an estimation of 85, 000 victims every year both male and female.
3. USA – according to statistics by George Maston University, about 19.3% of women and 2% of men have been raped throughout their lives and 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted at least once. According to RAIIN, every 107 seconds a sexual assault case occurs in the US.
2. Sweden – according to rape crisis Sweden, the country has the highest rate of rape in Europe with statistics showing 1 in every 4 women are victim to sexual assault or rape.
1. South Africa – there is an estimated 500, 000 rape cases every single year and more than 40% of women will suffer from rape abuse in their lifetime. Only 1 in 9 of these cases are reported however therefore the actual number of cases is extremely high.