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Charges rare in Swedish sex crime complaints

The Local/dl · 21 Feb 2011, 18:13

Published: 21 Feb 2011 18:13 GMT+01:00

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Between 2007 and 2010, less than 40 percent of reported sex crimes resulted in formal charges or other legal procedures which attempted to hold someone accountable, a study carried out by the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper revealed.

Part of the problem, according to current and former prosecutors comes from shoddy investigative work and a lack of coordination between police and prosecutors.

The figures come from a review of statistics covering reports of sex crimes against children and adults kept by the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten).

The newspaper then compared the figures with the number of cases that were dropped due to a lack of evidence, decisions which are often affected by the quality of the investigation.

"Those who come to the police and report a sex crime need to feel that they matter. We need to uphold the rule of law in these types of cases," Sven-Erik Alhem, a retired prosecutor and chair of a national association of crime victim support centres, Brottsofferjourernas riksförbund (BOJ), told the newspaper.

"It's an equally large tragedy if someone doesn't believe a child who has been victimised by his or her family as if someone is wrongly convicted."

Magnus Lindgren, a former police officer and current researcher with the Stiftelsen Tryggare Sverige ('Foundation for a safer Sweden') told DN that many county police departments lack procedures for handling sex crime accusations, subjecting alleged victims to the luck of the draw when it comes to how their case will be investigated.

He argues that promises of more money and additional measures to address the issue are misguided.

"It's not more resources that are needed," Lindgren told the newspaper.

"Instead it's about having the courage to change outdated attitudes and old structures."

DN's investigation also uncovered substantial regional differences in how often sex crime accusations lead to charges.

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In Karlskrona in southern Sweden, for example, only one in five reports results in charges being filed. At the other end of the scale is Nyköping in eastern Sweden and Kristianstad, also in the south, where charges are filed for 57 percent of sex crime accusations.

According to local prosecutor Eva Nordberg, Kristianstad's high rate of moving forward with sex crime cases is likely due to "good cooperation with police".

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Your comments about this article

20:13 February 21, 2011 by buschmann
An obvious by product of multi-culturalizm, sex crimes on the rise, prosecutions on the decline. Eventually sex crimes will become non newsworthy, like they have become in the U.S. Total blackout actually.
22:41 February 21, 2011 by Mark Rowlands
I think what is needed is professionalism. From personal experience I can tell you that the Swedish legal system seems to be a lottery, if you get a good prosecutor and a good police officer and then the case gets sent to a court not staffed with imbeciles, there is a chance of a good result. However, blue moons and flying pigs are more common.
22:41 February 21, 2011 by ghaziusman
Good, Blame the Multi-cultured Sweden, and Blame it for every thing like its too much snow today because no a days we have more Sven Svensson and yngve Eriksson in Sweden or like Trains are late due to immigration and off-course Ten fall through ice on Swedish lake just because all people live in Sweden dont have blond hairs..
22:43 February 21, 2011 by mikewhite
How very out of date not to have specialist staff and a uniform policy throughout the country ...
22:59 February 21, 2011 by buschmann
@ghaziusman, I got short changed! Not a blond hair on my head, bad breeding I guess. I actually had someone call me a "swarthy fellow" once.
23:40 February 21, 2011 by ghaziusman

So may be you are a product of Multi-cultured Sweden, Yeah probably bad breeding,,,, : )

But I am agree with Mark Rowlands, Sweden need more effective legal system.
00:19 February 22, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
Very strange. With DNA testing and other modern techniques these days convictions should be a lot easier.

Does your name have to be Julian Assange before the authorities in Sweden show any interest?
04:57 February 22, 2011 by Maler1971
perhaps because the perps are working for the government! lol
07:35 February 22, 2011 by UScitizen
@ buschmann

Maybe you misunderstood. Maybe they didn't say swarthy but said Suave instead, as in "Rico Suave". Take it as a compliment.
09:27 February 22, 2011 by loudasthunder

The majority of rapes in Sweden are commited by muslims, arabic and or somali men.

There are more of these types of crimminals with this common backrgound, then let's say the stereo typicle male like for example, Sven Svensson with blond hair & blue eyes, which can still be possible regardless of culture or race, but the numbers enrolled in the Swedish prison system speak loudasthunder : )
09:53 February 22, 2011 by muscle
If sex charges and rape mean the same thing, then it explains why the people of sweden and adjoining areas are happy with low number of rape / sex crimes....because there is no use of reporting it :P thus no sex-crime! :)
12:33 February 22, 2011 by johnny1939
I have a relative that was attached and thrown off her bicycle by a male and by the grace of God she managed to knee him and got away. she was considering calling the police but decided not to because 1. they probably would not believe her 2. nothing would happen anyway so she would be wasting her and their time.

That makes the Assange affair even more curious hmmmm I hope he will get extradited to Sweden so we can see what would happen. At this point the swedes probably would not want him & we shall see this week how hard they are pressing this. I would like to see any leaks between Sweden and USA along these lines.
13:07 February 22, 2011 by misscat
Solution : Improve womens status in economic and social hierarchy and base the laws to reduce sex crimes on the phenomenon of men's power and domination! There is also a need for HARDER treatment programs to reduce recidivism among these mentally disordered losers.

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle./G. Steinem....
15:01 February 22, 2011 by buschmann
@ smiling canuk: You don't have to be Julian A. you just have to look like him. When a white woman reports a rape and decribes the attacker as a non-white the case will go uninvestigated. When the attacker is white ,his face and name will be front page news. I have been reading swedish papers since 1998, and have never seen a non- white mans pic or name puplished in association with a sex crime. Swedish prosecuters consider non-white on white rape cases to be a career buster. All Swedish women already know this or they should.
15:10 February 22, 2011 by muscle
The problem is in the thinking! I was talking to few Sweds and they were quite serious about this when they said "well its about equal rights for men and women! Men will never care about getting raped or something. Secondly, the society doesnt care, unlike in many other countries, whether or not the woman was raped. They treat her with respect anyway"

Ok I agree, this does not reflect the opinions of Swedish people in general, but based upon this statement, it is a wrong thinking style! Its about justice! If a person geting bullied in some organization, school college etc. can get justice for that, why not this? And speaking about men never caring about getting raped, yeah right, ask the straight ones if someday they come across a guy who wants to rape them! What the hell :)

The law makers, especially the women in power needs to change this. Unfortuantely, I dont think Sweden, that speaks about equal rights for women, ever had any female prime minister unlike many of the Asian countries, for example!
15:27 February 22, 2011 by jimmy1988
Of Course! This was expected! I agree with you loudasthunder, 75-95% of crime rape is commited by muslims or africans. Like I said this was expected because the Swedish Government don´t acuse the immigrants of rape they cover all of that a totallly blackout. And this like it or not IS TRUE.

Now The Local shouldn´t erase my comment just because of the "immigration"
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