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Swedish police leave bleeding teen in the lurch

A 17-year old boy who had been assaulted in a knife-attack was told by police in Eskilstuna that they would not come and help him. Instead they said that he would have to "come and make a report" at the police station.

The 17-year old arrived in Eskilstuna late on Friday to visit his girlfriend, the Folket newspaper reports. On his way to her house he was attacked by 3 men who kicked him and cut him in the hand. The boy managed to escape his attackers and made his way into the railway station, from where he alerted the police. The three attackers were still outside the station at the time.

“Police told me that I could come in to make a report,” the boy told the newspaper.

“They told me the way and said I would have to get there under my own steam.”

At the police station they registered his report, but he was offered no help to stop his hand bleeding or to get to his girlfriend’s home, where his injuries could be taken care of.

Peter Bergkvist at Sörmland Police said he had looked at the way the boy’s case was handled, and said that important details had been left out of the report.

“Something has broken down here, and it is very unfortunate that the situation has turned out like this,” he said.

“We are going to interview the boy again to get a clearer picture of what happened,” he added.

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Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.

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