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'Swedish women fake rape to claim payouts'

The Local/rm · 15 Apr 2011, 15:34

Published: 15 Apr 2011 15:34 GMT+02:00

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In 2008, Swedish ‘Anna’ went on holiday to the Greek island of Samos. On her last night she claimed to have been brutally raped and beaten, according to Sweden's TV4.

After reporting the crime to authorities in Greece, she then went back to Sweden the day after the assault as planned.

Back in Sweden, she underwent a medical examination, after which the Swedish doctor found evidence corroborating her story.

Despite the findings of the Swedish medical team being forwarded to Greece, Anna learned in 2009 that the prosecutor on Samos would not pursue the case any further.

One of the reasons given for the case having been dropped was that it had become common for holidaying women, especially Scandinavians, to say that they had been raped during their stay in Greece to claim insurance money upon their return.

Anna resigned to trying to move on with her life.

But she was later contacted by a Greek public prosecution office, which informed her that she was being countersued for making false rape accusation and libel.

"I get this summons to appear in court. They’re suing me for libelling this man," she told TV 4.

When Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) contacted a number of insurance companies in Sweden they found that there is no such thing as ‘rape insurance’.

Those that have been raped during holiday can claim recompense under a special clause in their home insurance, however.

But according to Daniel Claesson, head of information at Swedish insurance company If, they see very few cases like that.

“We see maybe one or two a year. And we haven’t noticed any increases over the last few years either,” he said to SvD.

At the Swedish embassy in Athens, they have heard the rumours about Swedish ‘rape insurance’ before.

A local paper in Crete, Xaniotika Nea, recently published an article with the headline ‘Rape as an industry to reap benefits’.

“The article may have kicked off a debate leading to this notion,” Kristina de Cornejo of the embassy told SvD.

In the article Stamatis Belivanis, a medical examiner, is quoted saying that it is common for Scandinavian tourists to take out a special insurance against rape in their home countries and later claim money when returning home from holiday.

“They come here on vacation and then a day or so before leaving, after having sexual relations with someone, they report a rape. Back home they try to claim on the insurance,” he said in the Greek paper.

“This is in no way a new phenomenon, it has just been intensified since the economic crisis hit the countries in question,” he was quoted saying.

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The Nordic embassies in Greece took offence to the article and the doctor was made to apologise for the statements he had made. However, he added that they were only a reflection of the public opinion in the area.

Anna has been summoned to appear in court in May but she is not planning to attend.

“Not a chance,” she said to TV4.

“We don’t think she is at risk of being extradited, but you never know. The ball is now in the Greek court,” Gunilla von Wachtenfeldt, Anna’s victim representative, said to SvD.

Attempts by The Local to get comment on the matter from Greek organisations in Sweden were unsuccessful.

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Your comments about this article

16:33 April 15, 2011 by truthworthy
That is what you get for falsely accusing Assange after having sex with him. Even if this type of insurance does not exist, it is still possible that women use rape as a revenge for a bad relationship in this part of the world.
17:19 April 15, 2011 by Syftfel
How are the risk based rape insurance premiums established? Are they based on country? Does Greece differ from Yemen which differs from Iraq which differs from Venezuela, which differs from Norway, etc.? Does anyone have anyone insight in this? I'm interested since I'm leaving for Nigeria in a few weeks. Is the insurance offered to males?
17:32 April 15, 2011 by darky
The rate of female dishonestly and crockery in sverige is on the rise.
17:57 April 15, 2011 by eddie123
@Syftfel... you're quite the funny bloke, ain't you?
18:04 April 15, 2011 by Swedesmith
Just don't drop the soap, Syftel and you should be fine.
18:08 April 15, 2011 by swedejane
And here I thought they only faked orgasms...
18:12 April 15, 2011 by zx81
If the woman has done nothing wrong why doesn't she go back to Greece to clear her name? If she won't go back, she must have something to hide! Arrest her immediately!

I hope all of you who are calling for Assange to go back to Sweden are also calling for this woman to go back to Greece.

No? Surely you are not suggesting there could be problems in the Greek legal system? How could you say something so insulting about another country?
18:12 April 15, 2011 by foordranata
Who knows. Be careful who to give it to.

It is a thing to be hadleled with care.
19:13 April 15, 2011 by HeilNizar
Hey, whats the name of the town in the picture? It looks lovely
19:22 April 15, 2011 by Lostaussie
@ foordranata You sound like a pommee sissy ;) I have never experience a woman saying be gentle and handle with care :)
20:16 April 15, 2011 by calebian22
"the Swedish doctor found evidence corroborating her story. "

This is not a he said/she said situation. The key word here is evidence.
20:38 April 15, 2011 by superturbo
perhaps the greeks should learn to look at evidence instead of rumours...
20:50 April 15, 2011 by ruimove
after listening to TV4 news and the stupidity from some "monkey" at the greek embassy here in stockholm, think that maybe the greeks are hurting the main income they have now (tourism from north europe) by saying that all north european girls just go to greece to have sex with the "greek macho" papoidiotpolus,!
22:56 April 15, 2011 by andthenme
@ HeilNizar RapeTown :-)
23:06 April 15, 2011 by coolduck
Who to believe? The poor girl or the Greeks?

The thing is that imagine your selves in the same situation...but without evidence nobody is proven guilty even the biggest scums in the world. Yes I can say that I was raped, yes I can sue somebody for sexual assault but is it proof of that? I don't think that is insurance behind the whole thing, but again in a rotten system that anybody can say anything he wants without any proof...then you can understand. Why she doesn't appear to the court and face the Greek authorities and if she has evidence to spit them in the face? If this have took place as she says (i am not the one who is going to doubt her) she should be able to prove it. I have been to the Greek islands and I have seen the chaos some drunk tourist are creating, breaking windows, urinating everywhere, dumping, fighting, teasing girls, vomiting etc. Why they come to Greece they become such primitive, and when they are in their country they are like lambs? Because they don;t have this freedom! Anyway since nothing is proven I leave to my self the benefit of doubt till the girl proves the opposite.
23:27 April 15, 2011 by wxman
The Greeks are so inept at sex, it just seems like rape.
23:30 April 15, 2011 by MarkinBoston
Let's see... on one hand, I've got Greece, one of the most corrupt countries on the planet. on the other hand, I've got a woman who says she was raped. I think I'm going with the woman.

How about this - stop spending your dirty Swedish money in Greece? That solves that problem.
00:38 April 16, 2011 by Lukestar1991
I agree with MarkinBoston, it seems scandalous and utterly shameful that a Greek newspaper could print an article questioning the vaildity of a rape case when Greece has one of the most desperate situations when it comes to human trafficking and the rights of women. Thousands of women are subjected to unspeakable cruelty in Greece every year and all they can do is deny and belittle this???
00:59 April 16, 2011 by foordranata

It is allways handled with care.
01:13 April 16, 2011 by star10
Swedish girls are so spoiled by the wimpy Swedish men that they feel they got raped when some rough southern European does the job in a rough and manly way.
01:34 April 16, 2011 by wenddiver
Luckily both countries are in the EU (one country) so they will eventually have extradition. Empires and large Federal Unions are overated.
10:37 April 16, 2011 by Nilspet
star10 ... . How many countries are there in Europe? ;) 47 if I remember right ...then it means 46 countries are dangerous for Swedish girls?

If we expect UK to hand over Assange back to Sweden, then we should expect Sweden

to hand this Anna (whatever her real name is) to Greece should the authority down there demand her to appear in court right? She should not be afraid to go down there to testify?
11:19 April 16, 2011 by Lostaussie
Ah but what's good for the Goose is not necessarily good for the Gander :-)
11:48 April 16, 2011 by zx81
Nilspet ... Exactly right.

The Swedish authorities have been quick to use this European Arrest Warrant to get Assange, and many Swedes have been cheering them on. But what they should all realise is that it can work just as well the other way. Anyone in Sweden can be extradited to a country like Greece, even when the case seems obviously dubious.

Doesn't seem like such a clever idea now, does it?
11:59 April 16, 2011 by johnny1939
Does the home insurance cover men for being accused of rape? Perhaps only if it happens in his house? When I buy travel insurance I do not see anything mentioning rape.
12:16 April 16, 2011 by Nilspet
If you want to read email correspondence between a Swedish person and Greek diplomat (who lost his job after his letter appeared in the Swedish news), see


I suppose the diplomat could have replied a bit differently (at least more neutrally) but again the email from the guy was rather impolite towards an embassy (maybe he never wrote a letter to embassies before).
20:12 April 16, 2011 by IranianBoy
Let's see if a European arrest warrant will be published for her and Interpol will go after her for questioning her about false sex charges! ;)
20:59 April 16, 2011 by Fascmouse
I worked in a legal office for five years. Yes, it's quite common for women to lie about rape, assault, child abuse, etc. Those are hot-button issues that automatically turn everybody against the accused, even in the complete absence of evidence. And there's no significant penalty for a false accusation, because we coddle our females so much.

Medical professionals perform what's called a "rape kit" on women who claim sexual assault, which is necessary BECAUSE of false, vindictive or opportunistic accusations.
21:14 April 16, 2011 by here for the summer
it is tragic to see Iraniboy and some of the other pro islam posters jumping on this woman and this story. This illustrates the huge differences between European western culture and the middle-east . Wasn't it Iran where they stoned a rape victim to death .

I agree with the poster that said stop the european support for Greece ..
10:31 April 17, 2011 by technoviking
How about kicking Greece out of the EU and cutting off their bailout money instead...
11:58 April 17, 2011 by J Jack
Ahh the last day of a Swedish Greece vacation is normally hangover control. I can just imagine the ultimate female multitasking. "Can we do it now?, I have a headache!"
16:01 April 17, 2011 by Nilspet
@J Jack

"ultimate female multitasking" --- can you elaborate a bit more on that? ;)


Can you explain why cutting off the bailout money to Greece would solve the issue of (perhaps) false rape accusations in the EU? Actually this kind of thing does not necessarily happen to Greek citizens by Swedish tourists .. it happens anywhere in the world man. Even British citizens have been victimized:

17:33 April 17, 2011 by volvoman9
First of all what amount of money will ease the horror and life long trauma caused by this act. The very existence of this insurance begs fraudulent claims.

Rape is a crime of violence not rough sex as Star 10 so stupidly suggests. if this is an attempt at humor it's apathetic one mate!

If this claim is false then it is an insult to the victims of rape and crimes of violence. The woman should be prosecuted as are all perpetrators of fraud.

More importantly it emphasizes the permissive attitude toward the abuse of foreigners (mainly white westerners) while they spend their money in other countries. This seems to be particularly prominent in middle eastern and southern and eastern Med. countries. This vision of women as second class persons and of men as guiltless victims unable to control their urges is a primitive one but never-the-less pervasive. Boycott these nations and cripple their economies and we will see change but it may foment even more hatred of the west.
15:37 April 19, 2011 by CokoSwede
Women slander and libel men across Sweden and many innocent Swedish men are in prison right at this moment.

Perjury about rape should have a prison sentence.
19:35 April 19, 2011 by Kostas87
Well, I have to say that this whole story is just about some guy (the Greek one) being both ignorant and a jerk. I am from Athens and I have to say that we have a very good opinion of the Swedish people. There might be girls that have falsely claimed of being raped, but I am pretty sure that's very rare, and every country has them. It is stupid to generalize and claim things about an entire nation. I am just very sorry that Anna and others have to endure all of this legal nonsense, especially after such a tragic thing happened to them. My heart goes out to her. The guy that made this ridiculous claim, was forced to quit, and good riddance I say. He should be ashamed.
07:05 April 20, 2011 by CokoSwede
@Kostas87: The doctor could have lied to protect the woman. What is the proof, exactly?

Swedish women imprison Swedish men with false accusations and lies, which are swallowed by the feminist corrupt Swedish Courts and Judges, who are all friends with each other.
15:11 April 20, 2011 by Kostas87
@ CokoSwede : Well, I am not going to argue about this particular case because we can't know what happened. However, I was really angry about the way the problem was handled. If one ignorant Greek person says "Swedish women are liars" and this gets publicity because of such a situation then the media give the impression that this is the opinion of the whole country. This couldn't be further from the truth. We have a very high regard for the Swedish people and I am sorry that people like him make it seem otherwise.

As for what you say, I don't know what happens in Sweden since I am not from there. However, even if that is the case, I am sure such things occur in most countries either way. Corrupt people exist in every country more or less. I just don't approve of generalizations of the sort "Swedish people do that" , "Greek people do that" etc etc.
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