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The Index: Rape in War

Number of countries that signed the UK and UN’s Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict: 128

Countries that refused to sign the declaration at the UNGA on September 24: 80

Percentage of women estimated to have experienced physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence in 81 countries: 30

Percentage of women violated in the East Timorese and Rwandan conflicts who reported it to authorities or sought medical attention: 6 to 7

Babies one report estimates UN peacekeepers have fathered in Cambodia: 24,500

In Liberia: 6,600

Government estimate of number of women and girls raped in Bangladesh in 1971: 200,000

Number of months in which those rapes occurred: 9

Minimum number of separate days on which a lawyer for the accused in the Dehli gang rape blamed the victim:

In India, percentage of adolescent boys who think wife-beating is justified:  57

Percentage of men in parts of Asia who said they raped because of “sexual entitlement”: >70

Percentage of men in a study in the Democratic Republic of Congo who think that “women deserve sometimes to be beaten”: 61

That “a man should reject his wife when she has been raped”: 43

Surgeries performed by DRC’s Dr. Denis Mukwege over 12 years to repair women’s organs destroyed by rape: 15,000

Years passed after he told us that until he suffered an assassination attempt: 1

Estimate in a 2011 study of number of women raped in the previous year in DRC: 434,000

Cases of rape in Mali registered with UNHCR between March 2012 and May 2013: 2,785

Number of women willing to speak to UN Women about their rape in Mali: 51

UN estimate of number of girls and women raped in Rwanda in 1994: 250,000-500,000

Number of days in which those rapes occurred: 100

Number of times the international community has declared rape in war a “red line”: 0

Estimate by Nicholas Kristof in 2009 of percentage of women raped in Liberia’s war: 75

Actual likely percentage: 9 to 15

Women who report being attacked in South Africa each year: 200,000

Number of reports of sexualized violence on our crowdmap of Syria: 216

Women and men violated this number may encompass: 1000s

Percentage of reports that involve men: 19

Gang rape: 40

Pregnancy: 4

Sexualized violence without penetration (women): 10

Sexualized violence without penetration (men): 31

Syrian rape survivors who told us they’d been retraumatized by Western reporters: 1

Former UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström’s estimate of number of women raped in Bosnia’s war: 50,000-60,000

Convictions for these crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia: 28

Number of cases of rape prosecuted at the 1945-1946 Nuremberg trials: 0

Names of “sex workers” identified by the Archives of the International Tracing Service of the Red Cross at 10 Holocaust concentration camp brothels: 174

U.S. Department of Justice 2010 survey estimate of rapes: 270,000

Number of those reported to police: 85,000

Rape complaints registered in Mexico in 2010: 15,000

Registered in India in the first quarter of 2012: 18,359

Population of Mexico compared to India: 1/10


For our "Index on Sexualized Violence at Home," please click here.

For our "Index on the Cost of Violence Against Women," please click here.

For our "Index on Justice for Rape in War," please click here.

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Lauren Wolfe
Director, Women Under Siege
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