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Rape in China

Rape is a common crime in China. Marital rape is not illegal in China. Same-gender rape is not defined as a sexual offense. In 2007, the U.S. Department of State reported 31,833 rapes in China, but no similar report by the Chinese government was available.[1]


  • History 1
  • Prevalence, analysis and statistics 2
  • Social stigma cast on victims of rape 3
  • Law 4
  • References 5
  • See also 6


During the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), rape was very difficult to prove. A woman who was sexually attacked had to prove that she had offered the utmost resistance and fought vigorously throughout the entire ordeal. Failure to do so would expose the woman herself to criminal prosecution for being complicit in consensual "illicit intercourse".[2]

Prevalence, analysis and statistics

Rape in China is not widely discussed in the media. Luo Tsun-yin, a social psychologist at Shih Hsin University in Taiwan, asserts that fewer than one in 10 rape cases in China are reported.[3][1]

A number of studies have examined rape in China.

The United Nations's 2013 Multi-country Study on Men and Violence asked men in both rural and urban areas of China if they had ever coerced a female to have sex (including alcohol facilitated rape). 22.2% said yes. 9.3% had done so in the past year. 19.4% raped their partner. 55% of the men who had raped had done so more than once and 9% had raped four or more women. 86% cited sexual entitlement as their motive (the highest percentage in the study) and 57% answered that they raped out of boredom. 72.4% experienced no legal consequences. 1.7% had raped another man. 25.1% who had raped reported first doing so as a teenager. 2.2% admitted to having committed gang rape.[4]

Social stigma cast on victims of rape

Victims of rape in China often remain silent and do not report the crime because traditional culture holds that being raped is shameful and should be kept private.[5] Popular activist [6]


The laws against rape in China have been criticized by numerous sources. Same-gender rape is not illegal in China, and loopholes in the laws allow child rapists to escape with light sentences.[7]

In 2011, a man who raped another man was convicted of "intentional injury" rather than rape, because non-consensual same-gender sexual conduct is not defined as a sexual offense.[8][9]

Guo Jianmei noted that weaknesses in the legal system make it very possible for rapists to escape justice.[6]


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