I read in the news on Monday that one of the suspects in the Delhi rape case died by hanging himself in his cell. How this was possible with cell mates and security present is a whole other question. But this made me think again of all the ways people always blame the victim – that the victim in some way “asked for it”.
NO ONE asks to be raped. EVER. Anywhere in the world. Let’s be clear on this.
Some facts about rape it wouldn’t hurt anyone to know:
– only 22% of rape victims are strangers to the rapist, in approx. 78% of rape cases the victim knows the abuser prior to abuse
– only an estimated 35% of all rapes are reported to police – and this is a statistic for the USA, so go figure how this might look in other countries where victims are even more scared to report to authorities due to religious and cultural reasons and police are notoriously poor at dealing with rape crime
– in the UK less than 1 in every 100 rape survivors are able to convict their attacker
– Sweden has the highest incidence of reported rapes in Europe and one of the highest in the world. The high numbers are explained by a broader legal definition of rape than in other countries, and an effort to register all suspected and repeated rapes
– South Africa has some of the highest incidences of child and baby rape in the world
For the full breakdown – please downloads the UN Rape Report: http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/statistics/crime.html