Friday, January 25, 2013


Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person's consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or with a person who is incapable of valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, or below the legal age of consent. The term is most often defined in criminal law.

Rape is a violent act, and most commonly committed by a male upon a female. However, some cases of rape have been reported in which a woman has raped a man. Rape also may occur between members of the same sex. This is more prevalent in situations where access to the opposite sex is restricted (such as prisons, military settings, and single-sex schools).

Those who face some form of discrimination are believed to be at higher risk of sexual assault. This increased vulnerability can assume various forms. For example, those with disabilities or limited language skills have a decreased ability to call for help; prostitutes or convicted prisoners have decreased credibility.
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Types of Rape :

There are several types of rape, generally categorized by reference to the situation in which it occurs, the sex or characteristics of the victim, and/or the sex or characteristics of the perpetrator. Different types of rape include but are not limited to: date rape, gang rape, marital rape, incestual rape, child sexual abuse, prison rape, acquaintance rape, war rape and statutory rape.

The typical rape victim is a 16-24 year-old woman. Anyone, however -- man or woman, adult or child -- can be the victim of rape. Most commonly, the assailant is a 25-44 year-old man who plans his attack. He usually chooses a woman of the same race. Nearly half the time, the victim knows the rapist at least casually, from working or living near him. Alcohol is involved in more than 1 out of 3 rapes.Over 50% of rapes occur in the victim's home. The rapist breaks into the victim's home or gains access under false pretenses, such as asking to use the phone or posing as a repairman or salesman.

Facts about Rape

  • Every 2 minutes, someone in the U S, is sexually assaulted
  • 1 in 4 girls will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18
  • 1 in 6 women have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
  • 15 % of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12 
  • Approximately 68% of rape victims knew their assailant. 28% of victims are raped by husbands or boyfriends, 35% by acquaintances, and 5% by other relatives. 29% of female victims reported that the offender was a stranger
  • More than 50% of all rape/sexual assault incidents were reported by victims to have occurred within 1 mile of their home or at their home
  • About 3% of American men – or 1 in 33 – have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime
  • 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of sexual assault or rape 
  • 17.7 million American Women have been victims of attempted or completed rape
  • 93 % of juvenile sexual assault victims knew their attacker
  • Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, with 60 % still being left unreported.
In 2007:
  • In Alabama, 1,408 rapes were reported
  • An average of 4 rapes per day
  • In 72 % of the rapes, the victim and offender knew or were related to each other 
  • 22.5 years was the average age of a victim
  • 19 % of rapes occurred on a Saturday and 18 % on a Sunday
  • 28.0 was the average age of an offender
  • 76 % of victims reported no other injuries from the rape and 52 % submitted to a medical exam
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Common consequences experienced by Rape victims include.

·         Vaginal or Anal bleeding or infection
·         Hypoactive sexual desire disorder
·         Vaginitis
·         Dyspareunia, Vaginismus
·         Chronic Pelvic pain
·         Urinary infections
·         Pregnancy


Childhood and adulthood victims of rape are more likely to attempt or commit suicide. The association remains, even after controlling for sex, age, education, symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and the presence of psychiatric disorders. The experience of being raped can lead to suicidal behavior as early as adolescence. In Ethiopia, 6% of raped schoolgirls reported having attempted suicide. They also feel embarrassed to talk about what had happened to them. A study of adolescents in Brazil found prior sexual abuse to be a leading factor predicting several health risk behaviors, including suicidal thoughts and attempts

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Aparna said...

shocking statistics :-|

Ajay Menghani said...

Dear Aparna,
You will get a big shock by knowing that these are not the whole world facts, these are of only some selected countries.

World facts are more deadly and shocking.