Rape is a horrifying crime and it occurs in all societies. Nevertheless, the rates of rape vary immensely from country to country, even after the rate of report compared to the rate of occurrence is taken into account. For example, the rate of rape in Japan is 1.3 per 100,000, while the rate in South Africa is 115 rapes per 100,000 people. Several factors are theorized to be responsible for these differences. My research analyzed four main factors including: gender inequality, cultural acceptance of violence as a means to conflict resolution, the disorganization of a society, and the degree to which pornography and prostitution are available. I examined the role of these factors in explaining the differences in the rate of rape in three different societies, Japan, the United States, and South Africa. The interconnectedness of the first three of these factors is also examined.
Brandi Logan, ’05 Poplar Grove, IL
Majors: Mathematics, Sociology
Sponsor: Christopher Carlson