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New stalking law prompts flood of reports: study

New stalking law prompts flood of reports: study

Published: 29 Nov 2011 15:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Nov 2011 15:14 GMT+01:00

In the two months since Sweden adopted a new law against stalking, as many as 125 cases have been reported to the police.

Stockholm dominates the statistics with 38 cases reported in the capital since the law came into force on October 1st, according to a report by TV4 Nyheterna news programme.

"It shows that the legislation was needed," said prosecutor Mary Thorell in a statement.

The new law enabled victims of stalkers to report successive incidents under the new charge of unlawful persecution (olaglig förföljelse).

Previously alleged victims had been obliged to report each incident as an individual case of threatening behaviour or assault.

The first trial involving a case of stalking opened on Tuesday in Borås in western Sweden and will serve as an examination of the new law.

The majority of the cases represented in preliminary National Crime Prevention Council (Brottsförebygganderådet - Brå) statistics for October are women - in 60 cases, it concerns adult women, while in five cases the alleged victims are girls aged under 18.

According to a Brå study from 2006, one in ten Swedes has experienced some form of stalking at some point in their lives. The majority of those affected are women.

According to the study, the victim is acquainted with the perpetrator in the majority of cases but in a third of all incidents the stalker is an unknown person.

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19:37 November 29, 2011 by rouzi
It shows that the legislation was needed!!!!!!!!!!!

What type of reasoning it is?
20:05 November 29, 2011 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
It shows the law is "misunderstood" !
03:51 November 30, 2011 by Gamla Hälsingebock
Does that law apply to "Brad Pitt" types of gentlemen that take interest in women who play coy, or just the regular guy that likes her from afar and is too shy to approach?

Women do a lot to attract men...Oh, yes they do!

And when they attract a man who is dedicated to her and she doesn't feel the same, doesn't she get what she attracted?
08:39 November 30, 2011 by RobinHood
There is a significant difference between a case that is reported to the police, and a conviction. If there were 125 convictions, that would be relevant, but currently, there are none.
09:12 November 30, 2011 by nlidukdese
According to the article there are 125 cases, of which 60 have been reported by women and 5 by girls. This is indeed a 'majority' (52%). But let's not gloss over the fact that apparently the other 60 of those 125 cases (i.e. 48%) have been reported by men or boys. If my reading of the statistics presented in the article is correct, could we then please see a slightly more gender-neutral reporting of this issue?
11:27 November 30, 2011 by vancer
@nlidukdese

no, your reading of the statistics presented in the article is not correct...

125 total cases in TWO MONTHS FROM OCTOBER 1st...

The figures of 60 women and 5 girls are specifically mentioned as "statistics for October" and NOT the whole two month period.

So its not 65 out of 125, but 65 out of however many of the 125 were reported in the first month.
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