More women were raped in 1990 than any year in U.S. history, exceeding 100,000 for the first time ever, a Senate report showed.
"American women are in greater peril now from attack than they have ever been in the history of our nation," Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said of the report issued by the committee's Democrats.The report released Thursday found that there were 94,504 rapes known to police in 1989 - or 10 rapes every hour - setting a record. In 1990, police identified 100,433 rapes - or nearly 300 every day - shattering the previous record.
The five states suffering the greatest number of rapes in 1990 were California (12,413), Texas (8,427), Michigan (6,938), Florida (6,874) and New York (5,315).
And globally, the United States appeared to be the worst place in terms of rape, according to the report. Last year, American women were eight times more likely to be raped than were European women. The 1990 U.S. rape rate was 20 times higher than in Portugal, 26 times higher than in Japan, 15 times higher than in England, eight times higher than in France, 23 times higher than in Italy and 46 times higher than in Greece.
The report said as many as 2 million women are raped each year if non-reported attacks are taken into account.