• Sweden edition
 
Swedish teen reported to police for 'face rape'

Swedish teen reported to police for 'face rape'

Published: 28 May 2012 08:22 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 May 2012 08:22 GMT+02:00

From a legal perspective, the crime is a serious one, but despite the fact that many young people in Sweden have been the victims of "face rape", police don't receive many reports about the crime.

"A huge number of our young people have been victims of this, but many probably don't realize that they can report it," Anders Ahlqvist, an IT-expert with the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen), told the TT news agency.

"Face rape" can be seen as another name for computer hacking, a crime which is punishable by fines or up to two years in prison.

And it's a very common crime.

According to a report released last year by the Swedish Data Protection Board (Datainspektionen), around half of young Swedish Facebook users have had their accounts hacked by someone who then has written mocking or insulting remarks in the victim's name.

"There are probably a huge number of unreported cases. Some may be ashamed, as some of the things people write aren't so pleasant so they may just want to keep quiet about it," Göran Eriksson, an investigator with police in Norrköping, told TT.

Another reason why young victims of "face rape" don't report the crime to police may have to do with their attitudes toward the internet and the fact that neither the perpetrators nor the victims understand that "face rape" is a criminal act.

"Many have a hard time understanding that the same rules apply on the internet that apply in real life. Language is used differently online than what you would hear in the schoolyard, for example," said Ahlqvist.

TT/The Local/dl

twitter.com/thelocalsweden

Your comments about this article

09:27 May 28, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Up to 2 years in prison for young offenders? They wouldn't get that sort of sentence if they murdered someone or crippled someone for life. Glad to see legal priorities so well aligned with the value of human life.
10:23 May 28, 2012 by Twiceshy
These stupid "bait" headlines are going a bit too far, thelocal.

I came here ready to suggest the use of "teeth" against "face rape", and it turns out this is a stupid article about facebook hacking...
10:24 May 28, 2012 by Shibumi
I really wish the term "rape" could retain its true meaning and not be watered down to mean just about any type of transgression. The appropriate term for what happened above is "defamation" or more precisely "libel". No one was raped.
10:24 May 28, 2012 by Abe L
#1 - Just what I thought. If you're dumb enough to get your FB hacked then you deserve being mocked. The use of the word "rape" in these allegations is also completely misplaced and very misleading. My first impression when seeing the headline was that someone literally got raped in their face - despite the quotes.
10:56 May 28, 2012 by Opinionfool
#4 If you're dumb enough to use Facebook then you deserve to be mocked. They've sertainly be duped. Social networking is *not* about the users networking together it is about advertisers networking. Advertisers want their junk to smother the user and spill out on as many of the users' contacts as possible. That's what Facebook is about, hence the offensive share price in their IPO, it's what they are all about. The same happened with Google going from a search engine to one of the world's largest presenters of ads that there is.
13:04 May 28, 2012 by heu
For those unaware, "face rape" is how people actually call it. It's just a prank and there is no hacking involved. You can prevent it by logging out of facebook or by locking your computer when other people have access to it.... simple as that.
16:51 May 28, 2012 by Opinionfool
#5 A much simpler way ... don't sign up for Facebook in the first place.
21:10 May 28, 2012 by dizzymoe33
This is why I don' t use Facebook or Twitter I have more important things to do with my time. Plus I value my privacy I don't want the whole wide World knowing my business.
00:08 May 29, 2012 by BrittInSweden
Wow, are some of you in these comments living under a rock? The act of writing things on someone elses Facebook account without their permission has always been known as "Face rape".

As @heu says, it isn't about hacking at all. You generally have access to their PC because they don't lock it when stepping away from the computer. It is usually done between friends and you all have a laugh about it. That is why people don't tend to report it.
01:20 May 29, 2012 by Grokh
heres 2 suggestions : kids shouldnt leave their pcs /laptops or facebook accounts logged in without supervision.

and second just delete what other kids wrote and its solved.

this kind of stuff is just stupid, rape is a serious crime, saying someone writing on your facebook is rape already diminishes the seriousness of it.

This also shows how weird swedish law is, that a child molestor gets just as much time as someone that wrote silly things on someones facebook.
09:13 May 29, 2012 by AmericaninStockholm
Okay. I'm 23 and maybe it's just because I live in America, but "face rape?" really? I've never heard of that in my life and that is literally the worst thing to call it. How about face slander. Face Rape sounds like something a insensitive 10 year old would call this activity. Rape is serious. This, not so much.
20:41 May 29, 2012 by dizzymoe33
The news in Sweden really over-uses the word "rape" for everything and most of the time it is used it is used incorrectly. By misusing the word "rape" for everything you just simplify this word and it loses it power! Rape is a serious offense and it shouldn't be made a joke of!!
02:35 May 30, 2012 by HandsomeAmerican
As an American, I have to tell, you swedes are hilarious. Your actual rape convictions are a joke, but you want to hammer a bunch of stupid kids for being stupid. This site is always good for a laugh.
17:37 June 1, 2012 by tadchem
Maybe it is time to stop being "politically correct" about this.

Maybe it is time to stop using 'soft' words like "face rape" to conceal the ugliness.

This should be called libel, slander, and defamation because it is criminal.
Today's headlines
Neo-Nazi attacks
Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian
Police intervene after neo-Nazis attack an anti-Nazi rally in Kärrtorp, December 2013. Photo: Hampus Andersson/TT

Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian

A Stockholm court has cleared three neo-Nazis of stabbing a Nigerian man in an unprovoked attack. But two of the men will face jail after they were convicted of racial agitation at a riot. READ  

Julian Assange
Assange court ruling expected on Monday
Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in the UK. Photo: Anthony Devlin

Assange court ruling expected on Monday

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can expect the next court ruling on his case to take place on Monday October 27th in Stockholm. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden calls off suspect submarine search
Ships are returning to shore in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search

The core search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters has been called off. The armed forces said they remained convinced foreign underwater activity had taken place but had not identified an intruder. READ  

Diplomacy
US to get first female ambassador in Sweden
File photo: Athena Center for Leadership Studies

US to get first female ambassador in Sweden

The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. READ  

Politics
Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at an EU summit in Brussels this week. Photo: TT

Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'

Sweden is set to get 1.2 billion kronor ($168 million) back from the EU on December 1st, according to leaked EU documents which suggest that other European countries will have to make large top-up payments this year. READ  

Science
Asteroids leave mark on Sweden
Astroids can leave marks like these. Photo: TT

Asteroids leave mark on Sweden

Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists have reported. READ  

New coalition
New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Green Party leader Åsa Romson. Photo: TT

New coalition reveals 'compromise' budget

UPDATED: Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's Social Democrat-led coalition has revealed its first budget proposal, listing plans to spend more than 20 billion kronor. READ  

Royal family
Swedish royal couple set wedding date
The couple pictured in the summer. Photo: TT

Swedish royal couple set wedding date

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist, who got engaged earlier this year, have announced they will marry next June. READ  

Analysis
Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'
Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson. Photo: TT

Sweden Democrat threats 'just a show'

There is talk that the nationalist Sweden Democrats could trigger a fresh election, by rejecting the new coalition's budget. But leading Political Scientist Li Bennich Björkman tells The Local that the party is just game-playing and should be focusing on getting its fatigued leader back. READ  

Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Chocolate and liquorice are on the menu in Gothenburg this weekend. Photo: Shutterstock

What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st

A secret gig in Stockholm, a short film festival in Uppsala and a gastronomy event in Gothenburg have caught our eye this week. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
Blog updates

17 October

Editor’s Blog, October 17th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Here’s the whole week of news in just 60 seconds. The most-read story was about a..." READ »

 

24 October

Is darkness weather? (Blogweiser) »

"I try very hard not to talk about the weather. This has come after a decade..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Politics
Ten new minister faces you should know
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
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

979
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