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Swedish teen girls 'getting more violent'

Published: 11 May 2011 08:39 GMT+02:00

Currently, Swedish teen girls between 15- and 17-years old account for nearly one in five assault cases in which charges are filed, the Metro newspaper reports.

According to statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå), the figure represents about a 50 percent increase since 1994, when the figure was 12 percent.

"We see that development among young girls occurs faster than for buys, even when it comes to the most serious violent crimes," Sven Granath, a researcher at Brå, told the newspaper.

Granath added that he and his colleagues are unsure how to interpret the trend.

"From a research standpoint, we currently know too little about the causes," he said.

Criminologist Jerzy Sarnecki said he's not surprised that young women are responsible for an increasing share of violent crime.

"As young women's lives become more similar to young men's, they also start to assume some of the men's habits, even when it comes to crime," he told Metro.

"Young women's violence is primarily directed against other young women."

Young women are also committing an increasing number of aggravated assaults.

Between 2002 and 2008, the share of 15- to 17-year-old girls who were convicted for aggravated assault increased by 8 percent.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

10:24 May 11, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
I always feel unsafe if i am in a subway with some young swedish girl, you never know they will drag me in bushes and rape me and do this "aggravated assault" thats why I keep that pepper spray with me.

P.S, I am 30, 300lbs in weight and 6'5'' high.
10:37 May 11, 2011 by Stickeroo
I've totally noticed this. Since I got married, girls the world over have just lost their minds. They really need to realise that there are other men on this planet besides me. ;)
10:44 May 11, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
@ Stickeroo, No you were the best with tounge
10:56 May 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Thank God the Government is adressing dangerous Swedish girls and not wasting time on organized crime and terrorism.
11:10 May 11, 2011 by zircon
Vicky Pollard?
11:36 May 11, 2011 by Angry Ami
Well this stat should make all the feminists happy, you all wanted equality, now you got it, you wanted it so that girls could be like men, well now you got it, so now youth violence from both sides of the gender divide, isn't it nice to get what you wish for.
12:26 May 11, 2011 by planet.sweden
Time for a re-cap of recent headlines:

-Kids' team suspended after parents attack ref

-Bomb rocks popular Malmö restaurant

-Football hooliganism in Sweden - alive and kicking

-Swedish teen girls 'getting more violent'

-Sadistic sex crimes on animals rise in Sweden

-Cops probed for beating handicapped driver

-Drug abuse on the rise in Sweden

-Study: violence increasing on streets of Stockholm

-Sweden slammed over sexual violence inaction

-Court remands parents for 'honour' killing

-50% of rapes committed by men born outside of Sweden

-Young Swedes' mental health deteriorating: report

-One in six Swedish children obese: study

So Reinfeldt's been an outstanding success then? Well at least if all you care about is cash and economic data, but of course a total failure if you have concerns about the wider health of society.

And Swedish society is clearly locked into a downward spiral. You don't need the newspaper headlines to tell you that, you just need to use your eyes as you walk around Stockholm. The "yoof" Sweden's real claim to fame when I arrived are now just as idiotic, dopped up and violent as in the worst parts of London. Total failure.

But thus it was ever with government's who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

The big difference between the centre right in the UK and here in Sweden is that PMs like David Cameron combine economic liberalism with social responsibility. For one Cameron stands for effective border controls, immigration limits and an ending of the abuse of the asylum system. He has also made it clear that multicultalism is dead, as has Germany's Angela Merkel.

Mr and Mrs Täby meanwhile are heading the other way. Still high on the wiff of their own one-world moral superiority, they prescribe open borders, multi culturalism, a blind eye to terrorism and other imported crimes, loose sentencing, weak authority in schools, lax drug controls, and a very East German style of political indoctrination and intimidation for those who don't buy into their ignorance. They keep bleating and moralizing while Swedish schools and society slide from bad to worse.

The opposition meanwhile are in a state of disarray and don't appear to be much better on most of the central issues.

Sweden really is heading into the abyss.
12:55 May 11, 2011 by jack sprat
Sounds like a banana republic,..apart from the fat kids of course.
14:01 May 11, 2011 by Syftfel
With the State(capital'S') taking on more responsibilities of raising children, and parents less so, this is one predictable outcome of decades of social democrat rule.
14:32 May 11, 2011 by philster61
www.psychoswedishgirl.com
15:13 May 11, 2011 by Swedesmith
Good. With all the rapists running around, the girls need to toughen up so they can defend themselves.
16:06 May 11, 2011 by Tanskalainen
Lutheranism is watered down and pathetic, a mere shadow of what it once was. Therefore with no Christianity holding Swedish society together the unrestrained ancient genes come to the surface in these girls. The Salt has lost its savor.
16:29 May 11, 2011 by planet.sweden
Lets not forget today's other uplifting story...

-Man 'executed' in Malmö car park
17:57 May 11, 2011 by haggastimes
standing up to bitch behavior: MANHOOD101. COM
18:35 May 11, 2011 by Infart
I'd be interested to know in which region of the country these violent crimes by women are happening. It's probably a long shot but I'm gonna go ahead and guess Malmö.
18:41 May 11, 2011 by technoviking
@ planet.sweden

Spot on.

The Swedes have lived in a comfortable fantasy land so long they have no ability to see reality from fantasy.

They are such nice, kind people that they assume others are the same.

Unfortunately, hang around Sergelstorg and look at the stats and you will see that they are certainly not the same.

Letting the worst, most violent, dysfunctional cultures of the world pour into your borders is not a sane policy.

Sanity will eventually kick in once the reality checks become frequent enough. It's already starting.

The fecklessness, coddling, and emasculated helplessness of Swedish kids on the other hand is a whole other problem. Again, too much comfort can be a bad thing.
23:10 May 11, 2011 by Grokh
I always say if sweden system wouldnt work in most places around the world because they are not civilized enough to not take advantage of the swedish way of life.

here alot of people who live in walfare actually want to work, whereas in other country theyll just not care and keep leeching .

Taking people from cultures who are totally messed up sure affects but its not only that, sweden has serious problems from old generation bad parenting and alcohol thats just a vicious circle.

most swedes i know have some sort of issue with their parents.

thing is sweden actually has alot of places where the young ones get help, thats something im sure no where in the world has as good.and rightly so because a propper childhood is key when it comes to avoiding future problems and criminals.
16:08 May 13, 2011 by farnoxo
"Granath added that he and his colleagues are unsure how to interpret the trend." ... uhmmm....the interpretation is that girls are getting more violent...not rocket science really!
01:09 May 14, 2011 by philster61
probably all that pent up sexual frustration.........
08:30 May 14, 2011 by Daniel Hynes
The Swedes need to teach their children manners. Starting in the home and follow through in schools. I have never come across so many rude people as In Stockholm. It's rare that you hear a child say please or thank you. Everyone jumps the queue on public transport and you never, ever see anyone give up their seat to the elderly or pregnant women.

"Good manners cost nothing" start with that and then maybe, just maybe, you won't have so much crime...

P.S. Swedish women/girls smoke too much!

Rant over....:)
17:35 May 15, 2011 by jamesblish
Hilarious to see people judge an entire nation based on 1 news outlet and its totally skewed priorities. The Local is not the truth, you know. They have their agenda.
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