Monday, April 29, 2013

Rape: the problem that doesn't go away...

Time to protect women:  rape reported on a world scale...
It is interesting and disturbing to view the number of rape incidents reported on a world scale.  The U.S., unfortunately, has the largest number of rape reported incidents of any country annually, although the numbers have reduced several years during each successive year.  Still there are many more UNREPORTED rapes that occur.  These and other reasons make it very difficult to accurately monitor the number of rapes in a country, or even in a national state by state review.  Perhaps education is the key to reduce rape incidents, but also stricter, more severe punishment for perpetrators is also needed.
“Statistics on rape and sexual assault are commonly available in advanced countries and are becoming more common throughout the world. Inconsistent definitions of rape, different rates of reporting, recording, prosecution and conviction for rape create controversial statistical disparities, and lead to accusations that many rape statistics are unreliable or misleading. According to USA Today reporter Kevin Johnson "no other major category of crime – not murder, assault or robbery – has generated a more serious challenge of the credibility of national crime statistics" than rape.[1]
A United Nations statistical report compiled from government sources showed that more than 250,000 cases of male-female rape or attempted rape were recorded by police annually. The reported data covered 65 countries.”[2]
There is a Wikipedia chart of 65 nations with some annual statistics from 2003 to 2010:
Education to males and females and stricter punishment for perpetrators may be the key to reduce the number of rapes each year.  It is a major problem that we need to focus on.  Communities must do more to protect women.  It’s time to act now.

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