• Sweden edition
 
Pastor disciplined over village rape case

Pastor disciplined over village rape case

Published: 11 Jun 2010 07:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Jun 2010 07:23 GMT+02:00

Lennart Kempe, who leapt to national attention after comments made in a Sveriges Television (SVT) documentary covering the story of a 14-year-old girl from a small Swedish community who was raped at her school only to be rejected by her friends and adult society when she reported the attack, has thus been cleared to continue working as a pastor.

The Uppdrag Granskning documentary aired in March and gained massive attention in Sweden, even drawing comments from prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

A storm of public outrage met the revelations that the 14-year-old girl from the small Swedish community was raped at her school only to be rejected by her friends and adult society when she reported the attack.

After news of the rape and the police report emerged, a campaign began which divided the community - with many of the girl's and boy's friends, school teachers, and parents questioning the validity of the girl's story.

Despite having admitted the offence, the 15-year-old boy was welcomed back in a vocal public demonstration held at an end of term awards ceremony in the local church that his victim had not felt able to attend.

Later that day Oskar joined up with his classmates to celebrate the end of term. During the evening the boy then carried out a second rape, of a 17-year-old girl.

Lennart Kempe explained in the programme his decision to welcome the boy.

"The church is open for all. There was an enormous demonstration. He had flowers with him... I thought it very courageous of him to have the strength to come here and do that," Kempe told SVT.

He later expressed regret over his comments.

A written caution is the mildest sanction available within the Church of Sweden disciplinary code.

in a statement explaining its decision the cathedral chapter said:

"Despite Lennart Kempe explanation of his statements and their background they clearly come across as naive and without forethought. His statements may be perceived to have a one-sided focus on the offender and display no compassion for the victim."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

09:13 June 11, 2010 by Keith #5083
It is to be hoped that this pastor can now reflect upon the balance between forgiveness, repentance and acceptance.

Since he was clearly not alone in 'railroading the victim' it could be a positive action to seek a 'service of reconciliation' where the local community and pastor seek the forgiveness of the young victim, though if I was her I would be somewhat

hesitant about offering it. Perhaps also 'tithing' his obviously undeserved salary to a 'Rape help charity' might be a meaningful expression.

No wonder she and her family needed to move away and 'kick the dust off their feet'.
09:57 June 11, 2010 by Nemesis
He behaved like religeous people in most countries. They blame the victim and the persecute the victim.

If the church actually had any decency in it, they would have fired him immediately and openly condemend those who persecuted that girl.
10:56 June 11, 2010 by Earandur Lissesul
Makes me glad I'm a Pagan.
14:12 June 11, 2010 by RoyceD
organised religion turns blind eye to rape case.... old news really.
15:50 June 11, 2010 by dau tieng 59
Maybe they should have another party so the young mn could jump another girl. The story states that he raped a 17 year old after the end of term celebration. Being made a hero in the town mearly tells him he's doing alright. Isn't rape against the law in Sweden? Why is he still on the outside.
16:50 June 11, 2010 by ironman294
"The church is open for all. There was an enormous demonstration. He had flowers with him... I thought it very courageous of him to have the strength to come here and do that," Kempe told SVT.

Such garbage being a pastor in sweden is meaningless its a desk job really they dont preach about Jesus I bet.

I don't know how a supposedly evolved and liberal society has such chauvanistic and outdated view of women?

Please explain it to me, this kid if not punished for a long time or even stay in jail forever, will eventually become and even bigger serial rapist and eventually a murderer. Shame on the town and the pastor and police they should all be sued by the two victims and the town shunned by the whole country.

Shame on that town and sweden
17:12 June 11, 2010 by wenddiver
Multi-tasking Pastor/Village idiot.
18:45 June 11, 2010 by Tutu
I dont know what the fuss is all about. The church is open to everyone which includes sinners and saints. If the the guy have commitsted any crime, he must be punished in accordance with dictates of the law. If he had committed the offence in church is another thing. I expect the church to welcome Osama if he comes for a church service. Peter betrayed Jesus but was still put in charge by Jesus. The message of the Jesus is repentance but that does not mean we should not face consequences of our wrong doings. If he is just punished and not given the opportunity to repent, he might re-offence. True repentance brings true change in behaviour.
20:23 June 11, 2010 by tommycapes
i hope that he gets what is coming to him.

He is not capable of serving the church.

I have nothing but the upmost contempt for this do good idiot. If he had true spirit he would of had feeling for the victim and not popular opinion.

I hope he rots in hell because he is not worthy of heaven.

P.s , i am not religious, just a follower of common sense and decency.
00:38 June 12, 2010 by alingsaskev
The Dagen Newspaper rejects an advert for an LGBT summer camp, arguing that Christianity can not condone such disgusting sexual acts whilst, Church of Sweden Pastors invite convicted rapists to a summer ball... Oh and Swedish Radio invites a convicted double Murderer to present its flagship "Sommar" broadcast.... This country is so twisted it makes me cry laughing!
05:07 June 12, 2010 by Tutu
point of correction alingscrew. Dagen nyheter rejected an advert promoting homosexuality not the summer camp. Christian summer camp is to talk and do christianity and not to promote a brand of sexuality. Why do we have to have special camp for homosexuals.
09:57 June 12, 2010 by alingsaskev
@ Tutu, why does there have to be a summer camp for Christians? The world would be an altogether better place if... it were just a summer camp, no lines drawn whatsoever!
Today's headlines
Elections 2014
Fresh election fears in Sweden
Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven (left) with parliament's Speaker. Photo: TT

Fresh election fears in Sweden

The leaders of Sweden's main political parties have been called to parliament as speculation grows that the Social Democrats may not have enough support to form a stable government. READ  

Presented by Stockholm Business Region
Introducing... the Stockholm collection
Photo: Imagebank Sweden

Introducing... the Stockholm collection

Moving to Stockholm, or just dreaming about it? Either way, this is your ultimate guide: for housing, finances, insurance, business, and so much more. READ  

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

Time for some luxury this week - we're heading to a sprawling Eskilstuna property with a location and view to die for. READ  

National
Row over viral 'Nazi receipt' in Swedish shop
A cashier in a Coop supermarket: Photo: TT

Row over viral 'Nazi receipt' in Swedish shop

A photo of a till receipt with the Nazi slogan "Sieg Heil" printed on it has gone viral in Sweden, with supermarket chain Coop launching an internal investigation. READ  

Society
Sweden tops 'financial well-being' rankings
Sweden's family-friendly policies contribute to well-being. Photo: TT

Sweden tops 'financial well-being' rankings

Swedes have fewer money concerns than people from any other European country, according to the latest major report on global well-being. READ  

National
King Carl XVI Gustaf 'unhurt' after crash
The King of Sweden. Photo: TT

King Carl XVI Gustaf 'unhurt' after crash

UPDATED: Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has been involved in a car accident but is unhurt, the Royal family's press office has confirmed to The Local. READ  

Elections 2014
Migration minister calls Feminists 'a dark force'

Migration minister calls Feminists 'a dark force'

Sweden's Migration Minister has said in a Facebook post that both the Sweden Democrats and the Feminist Initiative parties were "dark, gloomy, and destructive forces". READ  

The Local List
Ten Swedish designs that made life better
Playsam

Ten Swedish designs that made life better

Sweden has produced an indecent number of design classics. We take a look at some of the best - from toys to furniture, fabric designs to telephones, packaging to super-safe headwear. READ  

Sport
Juventus topple Malmö in Champions opener
Argentinian Carlos Tevez scores against Malmö. Photo: AP

Juventus topple Malmö in Champions opener

Malmö, the first Swedish club in the Champion's League for more than a decade, lost against Italian champions Juventus on Tuesday night in their Group A opener. READ  

Science
Swedes discover rare Antarctic fossils

Swedes discover rare Antarctic fossils

Researchers from Sweden have been speaking about a rare discovery of mammal fossils in the Antarctic. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
Property of the week - Eskilstuna
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
How I became a surf blogger when I moved to Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Blog updates

17 September

Deep election analysis (Blogweiser) »

"You think you’re bad? Well I’m American. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFbomLID0vU Deep deep analysis on Swedish election results. Vlog post: https://t.co/tjQgfa5Yie #svpol #val2014 #politics pic.twitter.com/oEK5ADFT8L — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) September 17, 2014 " READ »

 

15 September

Liten, litet, små & lilla (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej igen! Have you ever been confused about when to use “liten”, “litet”, “små” and “lilla”? Today I’m going to sort out how use the adjective “liten” (small) and the different forms of it. Liten or litet? “Liten” is the form we will use when referring to a noun with the gender “en”. For example: Min pappa har en..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: September 11th
Gallery
People-watching: September 13th
Politics
Five possible election outcomes
Politics
Sweden elections: How do they work?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week - Hornstull, Stockholm
Analysis
Five differences between the UK and Sweden
Welshman Jonny Luck is now a chef in Sweden
Society
How I opened my own restaurant in Sweden's Malmö
Sponsored Article
Stockholm tech fest: relive the magic
Gallery
People-watching September 8th
Photo: TT
Politics
Feminists fight for first seats
Politics
Immigration cut push from Sweden Democrats
Sheryl Sandberg says women have "low expectations"
Tech
Facebook exec talks women's limits in Swedish business
Politics
Left Party calls for justice and equality
Politics
Green Party wants 'better world' for kids
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
National
Huge clear up underway after Skåne floods
Politics
Sweden's Alliance reveals full manifesto
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

854
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN