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Young sex offenders escape investigation

TT/The Local · 11 Oct 2009, 10:28

Published: 11 Oct 2009 10:28 GMT+02:00

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In 20 percent of reported cases of sex offences involving teenagers the social services neither open an investigation nor pursue other measures.

Among the reported cases are some which involve allegations of repeated offences.

"I consider this a betrayal against young people. I am especially thinking about those who have committed assault against several victims," Cecilia Kjellgren, a researcher at Lund University, to Sveriges Radio.

"It is a betrayal against the individual, and it is also a huge betrayal against the children who could potentially fall victim," she said.

It is known that only ten percent of alleged sex offences committed by teenagers are reported to the social services.

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In order to find out what it is done to follow up the cases, Generation Z sent out 1,500 surveys to those responsible for handling the cases across the country.

The programme received 940 replies and of those it was confirmed that four out of five cases are subject to an investigation.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:50 October 11, 2009 by Soft Boiled
"It is a betrayal against the individual, and it is also a huge betrayal against the children who could potentially fall victim,"

Yes indeed it is, Sweden needs to stop acting like its a hobby country and act.

What message does this give to the perpetrators who are never investigated?

Their actions unstopped will come to haunt future generations.
10:07 October 12, 2009 by peropaco
They dont investigate because the prosecutors, judges,police and ministers may have been offenders themselves.
11:16 October 12, 2009 by bocagill
the social service is a joke, there are under educated and the the education they do get are change when they get a job because the people in charge at different city teach them a another way. i believe most social service people only care about winning in court then they do about the children, one of the worst city is Arboga
17:56 October 13, 2009 by raymonddempsey
This is an interesting situation.

This reminds me of another similar situation. It was Letter to the Editor letter, in my America. A new step-dad was writing to an Advice columnist about his new wife and her boy. It seems that the boy and the mom were, let's say, close. I wrote to a prominent Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; and she (I can't give her name, because she was kind and good enough to respond to me and because I don't want to get her in any trouble) wrote to me that some children have sex experiences and thrive and that some other children have sex experiences and move into trauma.

I'd love to hear what others have to say about this. Of course, this is about incest; but I'm sure it also applies to other examples of what is generally considered youth sex.
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