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Half of young Swedes 'face raped': survey

Vivian Tse · 28 Jan 2011, 15:23

Published: 28 Jan 2011 15:23 GMT+01:00

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Almost all young Swedes use Facebook, the Swedish Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) reported on Friday. The agency released its fourth report on Swedish youth and their attitudes on privacy in general and especially on the internet.

According to Kairos Future, which conducted the survey on behalf of the agency, the victims of face rape are also more likely to use the complaint functions on social networking sites, suggesting that many perceive a face rape as abuse.

At the same time, the survey noted that one in three young people who used a complaint function did not think that they received enough help.

"Even if too many do not receive adequate help, the study shows that it often pays to complain," agency director general Göran Gräslund said on Friday in a statement.

"If we are to succeed in reducing violations on the net, it is important to clearly respond to perceived violations, both against the violator who publishes the offences and the site where the information is published," he pointed out.

The survey also shows that nearly four in 10 have come across someone posting pictures of themselves on the internet against their will. In addition, 23 percent, or nearly one in four, young Swedes have experienced sexual harassment on the internet.

"It is alarming that society does not get behind tackling this serious form of violation on the internet," said Gräslund.

Last year, the agency launched the Kränkt.se site, which is directed at young people and offers tips and advice on how to proceed if one has been wronged on the internet. The site has a section on what to do to avoid becoming the victim of face rape.

The survey also found that 23 percent believe that their parents check up on what they do online, while 43 percent have knowingly withheld what they do on the internet from their parents.

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In addition, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of young people who post videos of themselves online, from one in five in 2007 to nearly half. Nearly half of the respondents said they avoid writing certain things on the internet that could be a disadvantage later in life.

At the same time, it is increasingly common for people to look up more or less casual acquaintances on the internet. Fewer than one in 10 never look up others on the internet.

Separately, 66 percent believe the authorities monitor what they write online, while 49 percent think the authorities monitor what they write in their emails.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:33 January 28, 2011 by kenny8076
facerape?!? thats a bit extreme i think..... when you have a home invasion its not a houserape... or a car stolen a carrape...... why not just that your facebook was hacked?
17:45 January 28, 2011 by BobWas
I agree with Kenny. This is the first time I have heard the term "facerape." Let's not dilute the meaning of the word -- and the crime of -- rape, by using the term as a suffix.

I hope this is nipped in the bud.
18:55 January 28, 2011 by Eroth
Well, a facerape i still better then a skullf*ck in my book.
21:35 January 28, 2011 by mikewhite
Yep; totally agree, complete misuse of the term.

Can't someone come up with something better ?

Please remove the term from the headline, don't give it more publicity !
03:26 January 29, 2011 by MarkinBoston
Is this one of those charming Swedish idioms?
12:51 January 29, 2011 by ChrisEdmSkiBum
Haha far from a swedish idiom. This is just a cheap attempt at grabbing attention. I agree with all the above posts. Total missuse of the word
18:23 January 29, 2011 by Lukestar1991
Exactly, how sad, unsensitive and insecure must some people be in their minds.
08:11 January 30, 2011 by Mad Mac
Hardly rape, I would have thought. Identity theft, certainly, and as such, surely illegal?

Does this mean that Facebook could be prosecuted as facilitating crime by having totally inadequate security in place?

At least such a prosecution would be more morally defensible than the Swedish authorities' persecution, on trumped up charges, of Julian Assange!
12:06 January 30, 2011 by johnny1939
If you go on these social sites you can only expect some trouble. My profile got invaded on Facebook where some evil doer changed my info so I immediately resigned from it. who needs it? But I did not feel raped just angry..
12:35 February 4, 2011 by mikewhite
One of Facebook's weaknesses is that it (deliberately ?) makes it awkward for you to log out from Fb.

Hence when you visit other sites you are possibly still logged in, thereby potentially allowing malicious code on those sites to get their teeth into your account.
17:58 April 18, 2011 by ooh456
How about ass-to-mouth-raped-online-twice-removed-and-filled-with-ricotta-cheese? Unfortunately I have heard the term facerape many times at my office. It's not just kids doing it. Half our staff has been faceraped. It's a bloody catastrophe if you ask me. The world will surely end soon. Only Jesus can put an end to all this faceraping.
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