Article 336 of the Penal Code stipulates that rape is a punishable offence, but does not give a definition of rape (which is left to the courts).The lack of a clear definition of rape in Algerian law makes it difficult for women to report the act and seek legal remedies.Statistics on rape and other sexual assaults are commonly available in industrialized countries, and are becoming more common throughout the world.Inconsistent definitions of rape, different rates of reporting, recording, prosecution and conviction for rape create controversial statistical disparities, and lead to accusations that many rape statistics are unreliable or misleading.Prevalence of reasons for not reporting rape differ across countries.They may include fear of retaliation, uncertainty about whether a crime was committed or if the offender intended harm, not wanting others to know about the rape, not wanting the offender to get in trouble, fear of prosecution (e.g.due to laws against premarital sex), and doubt in local law enforcement.
This table indicates the number of, and per capita cases of recorded rape by country.
In 2011, Afghanistan made international news in regard to the story of a woman who was raped by a man, jailed for adultery, gave birth to a child in jail, and was then subsequently pardoned by president Hamid Karzai, and in the end married the man who raped her.
and it is generally not acceptable for a woman and a man to be alone together (unless married or related), and if this happens the response can be very violent: an Afghan medical doctor and his female patient were attacked by an angry mob who threw stones at them after the two were discovered in his private examining room without a chaperon.
Men who are known to the woman accounted for over two-thirds of assailants (68%).
Only 15% of the assaulted women in the sample reported to the police.