The laws in Australia have evolved from the English common law offense of rape, but have gradually changed, especially in the late 20th century.
This stands in contrast to reported rape rate of 1.2 per 100,000 in Japan, 1.8 per 100,000 in India, 4.6 rapes per 100,000 in Bahrain, 12.3 per 100,000 in Mexico, 24.1 per 100,000 in United Kingdom, 28.6 per 100,000 in United States, 66.5 per 100,000 in Sweden, and the world's highest rate of 114.9 rapes per 100,000 in South Africa.
Non-consensual sexual penetration is termed "Rape" in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania; "Sexual Assault" in New South Wales; "Sexual intercourse without consent" in the ACT and the Northern Territory; "Sexual penetration without consent" in Western Australia.
All these offenses are gender neutral and applicable in marriage.
Almost a third (30%) of victims of sexual assault had the most recent incident they experienced reported to the police.2.7% of men in rural Bangladesh and 0.5% (6/1252) in urban Bangladesh had raped in the past year.In rural Bangladesh 47.4% of rapists perpetrated more than once, 3.7% had four or more victims, and 40% first raped as a teenager.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.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.82% of rural Bangladeshi and 79% of urban Bangladeshi men cited entitlement as their reason for rape.61.2% of urban Bangladeshi men who had raped did not feel guilty or worried afterwards, and 95.1% experienced no legal consequences.3.7% of men in rural Bangladesh had raped another man.89.2% of urban Bangladeshi men answered 'agree' or 'strongly agree' to the statement 'if a woman doesn't physically fight back, it's not rape.' Members of the Pakistani military and supporting Islamist militias from Jamaat-e-Islami raped between 200,000 and 400,000 Bangladeshi women, according to Bangladeshi and Indian sources, in a systematic campaign of genocidal rape.