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26 of 27 Stockholm rapes remain unsolved

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So far this year, there have been 27 outdoor rape attacks in the Stockholm police's city district. Only one has been solved, reported Thursday's Svenska Dagbladet.

In the other 26 cases , the attacker remains free.

"It's a difficult crime for many reasons," said Patrik Lillqvist, head of the domestic violence group at Stockholm police.

"Everything happens so quickly. The victim is surprised, dragged down, hit from behind. It takes place in remote places, often in the dark. The description is often vague."

Another contributing factor to the vague details following an attack is that the victim has often been drinking.

Despite a concerted effort from Stockholm police, the number of late night outdoor rapes reported in the last few weeks has been high. This, reported SvD, has led many to speculate that there has been a change in attitude among young men.

"But the most important change is the increased alcohol consumption," said Anders Östlund, a police criminologist.

The statistics support that view, with over 80% of both attackers and victims being under the influence of alcohol. Analysts have linked the incidence of rape to the location of bars which stay open until 5am - and police have suggested that crime in the vicinity of a bar should be a reason to revoke its licence.

But politicians appear to be reluctant to follow that line.

"We've found nothing to support restricting bars' opening times," said Margareta Olofsson, who told SvD that among people involved in rape incidents, illegally purchased alcohol is a far bigger problem than bars.

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