Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual activity perpetrated against a person without that person’s consent. (usually a male raping a female, but in extremely rare cases, a female can rape a male).
Rape may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.(usually 18 years in most countries). It is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault.
According to Times lives about 150 women report rape to the police in South Africa daily. Fewer than 30 of the cases will be prosecuted, and no more than 10 will result in a conviction. This translates into an overall conviction rate of 4% – 8% of reported cases
Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau 2013 annual report, 24,923 rape cases were reported across India in 2012. Out of these, 24,470 were committed by someone known to the victim (98% of the cases).
According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network) On average, there are 288,820 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. … Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. Women ages 18-24.
Rape is a conscious process of intimidation wherein perpetrators keep victim(s) in a state of constant fear, it devalues the victim.
In Nigeria, a total number of 150 reported cases of sexual and physical abuse were recorded in Lagos State alone for one year period as of April 27, 2016. Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, said the Ministry in the last one year had treated about 589 cases ranging from rape, physical abuse and child labour.
In line with this, the Delta State Police Command on Thursday arrested a 70-year-old grandfather in Okpanam community of Asaba, Delta State, for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl. Reports gathered that the old man was caught in an uncompleted building, undressed while having carnal knowledge of the poor girl.
Police Commissioner in the State, Mr Zanna Ibrahim, who confirmed the incident, said the suspect upon interrogation confessed to the crime, adding that his victim had been frequenting his house while selling her groundnuts. He frequently bought groundnuts from her.
The Police Commissioner stated that the suspect would soon be charged to court. It is a crime which stigmatizes the emotions, a crime of insult, oppression and revenge that needs to be punished because a rapist is a criminal and all crimes and their beneficiaries must be punished.
Rape and other forms of sexual harassment need the urgent and serious attention of family, institutions, civil society groups, government and the international community if we really want to ensure a violence-free society for all.
Parents also need to protect their children and wards by ensuring there are no visible exposure as these are avenues of abuse.