A report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) indicates the first increase in reported rapes since 1992. According to the FBI, an estimated 90,186 rapes were reported to law enforcement in 2000, showing a 0.9% increase from 199. In cities, there was a 1.5% increase in rape. Women are much more likely to be victims of rape than men. 62.7 of every 100,000 women reported to law enforcement that they were victims of rape.
Previously, the number of rapes in the U.S. had been steadily decreasing. Since 1991, as shown by the FBI report, incidents of rape by volume have decreased 15.4%. Rape, however, often goes unreported. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), in 1999, only 28% of all rapes were ever reported to law enforcement. The number of unreported rapes is even higher among children in grades five through twelve. 48% of boys and 29% of girls in those grades told no one about their abuse.
Media Resources: U.S. Department of Justice, FBI Press Release, 10/22/01; Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .