USA - reported forcible rape rate 1990-2017

Reported forcible rape rate in the United States from 1990 to 2017

by Statista Research Department, last edited Apr 29, 2019
USA - reported forcible rape rate 1990-2017 In 2017, the rate of forcible rapes in the United States stood at 30.7 per 100,000 inhabitants. While this figure is about the same as it was in 2007, when the rate was 30.6, it has decreased from 1990, when there were 41.2 forcible rapes per 100,000 inhabitants.
What is forcible rape?

According to the FBI, forcible rape is defined as “sexual penetration, no matter how slight, with a body part or object without the consent of the victim.” This definition changed in 2013 from the previous definition, which specified “carnal knowledge of a female victim forcibly and against her will.” Attempted rape was included in the previous definition, but statutory rape and other sexual offenses were excluded. The old definition was seen as problematic, as people of any gender can be raped. Since the revision of the definition of rape, reported rapes increased by about 20 percent, although it is not clear if this is due to the revised definition or if the rate itself has increased.

Rape in the United States

While rape and sexual assault have been extensively talked about in the U.S. in recent years, especially since the start of the #metoo movement, there is still a large number of sexual offences committed each year. Sadly, the majority of sex offences in the U.S. are carried out against individuals age 20 and under. Astoundingly, the Anchorage, Alaska metropolitan area had the highest rape rate in the United States in 2017, followed by Pueblo, Colorado and Rapid City, South Dakota. Since rape and sexual assault continue to be underreported in the United States, it is important to find a solution to this devastating problem.
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Reported forcible rape rate in the United States from 1990 to 2017

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by Statista Research Department, last edited Apr 29, 2019
In 2017, the rate of forcible rapes in the United States stood at 30.7 per 100,000 inhabitants. While this figure is about the same as it was in 2007, when the rate was 30.6, it has decreased from 1990, when there were 41.2 forcible rapes per 100,000 inhabitants.
What is forcible rape?

According to the FBI, forcible rape is defined as “sexual penetration, no matter how slight, with a body part or object without the consent of the victim.” This definition changed in 2013 from the previous definition, which specified “carnal knowledge of a female victim forcibly and against her will.” Attempted rape was included in the previous definition, but statutory rape and other sexual offenses were excluded. The old definition was seen as problematic, as people of any gender can be raped. Since the revision of the definition of rape, reported rapes increased by about 20 percent, although it is not clear if this is due to the revised definition or if the rate itself has increased.

Rape in the United States

While rape and sexual assault have been extensively talked about in the U.S. in recent years, especially since the start of the #metoo movement, there is still a large number of sexual offences committed each year. Sadly, the majority of sex offences in the U.S. are carried out against individuals age 20 and under. Astoundingly, the Anchorage, Alaska metropolitan area had the highest rape rate in the United States in 2017, followed by Pueblo, Colorado and Rapid City, South Dakota. Since rape and sexual assault continue to be underreported in the United States, it is important to find a solution to this devastating problem.
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