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Swedish teen girls 'increasingly violent'

TT/The Local/dl · 12 Jan 2012, 08:32

Published: 12 Jan 2012 08:32 GMT+01:00

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Girls in Sweden also account for an ever-greater percentage of the victims of violent crime, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily reported.

While boys continue to be overrepresented among assault victims, Swedish girls accounted for one third of assault victims aged 15-17 in 2010, up from one fourth in 2008.

“That susceptibility to violence is increasing faster among young girls that among other groups is likely related to the fact that we've long seen that more and more young girls are also suspected of being the perpetrators of violence,” Sven Granath, a criminologist at Sweden's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå) told the paper.

According to figures from the council reviewed by DN, the number of girls aged 15-20 suspected of assault has increased 118.5 percent in the last decade, from 428 in 2000 to 935 reports in 2010.

In addition, the number of suspected of assaults directed at girls between 15- and 17-years-old jumped by 63 percent between 2008 and 2010.

According to Granath, it's no longer possible to overlook the increasing violence directed toward and meted out by young Swedish girls.

“For a long time, it was barely considered violence when a girl was hit and therefore wasn't reported,” he told DN.

“That violence involving women is taken seriously today is positive. A society where women are considered non-threatening isn't especially equal [from a gender perspective].”

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Mathias Henriksson of the Stockholm police confirmed that girls are increasingly involved in violent crime.

“We see that when it comes to the sort of crimes previously committed primarily by guys, like assault and robbery, it's becoming more common for girls to be found guilty,” he told the paper.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:01 January 12, 2012 by senlac
"Deadlier than the male"
09:04 January 12, 2012 by dockmandock
There is no way the girls in the pic are Swedish. Ridiculous.
09:12 January 12, 2012 by skogsbo
does that not mean that boys are becoming less so, as it's all proportionally stats?

At least the picture is of some US drunk teens! Swedish teens dress different and the bags from the System aren't like that!
10:05 January 12, 2012 by baboonga
I like the left most one.
10:07 January 12, 2012 by Grindsprint
LOL at the pic :D
10:51 January 12, 2012 by EtoileBrilliant
Agree, the bags are a US trademark.
11:48 January 12, 2012 by star10
Of the of the agendas by feminist struggle has been for women to be equally endowed with testosterone as men. And that has now resulted in transfer of significant quantity of testosterone from men to women. lol.
11:53 January 12, 2012 by farnoxo
But on the bright side....it's a great advert for gender equality, I mena why should it only be the boys who get to be violent thugs
13:26 January 12, 2012 by colombianska_tjej
" A society where women are considered non-threatening isn't especially equal [from a gender perspective]."

Then I wonder...shouldn't be the problem that there IS violence, disregard gender?
14:23 January 12, 2012 by gabeltoon
" Girls aged 15-20 " How strange.I would think that at the age of 20 a person is classed as an adult.
22:54 January 12, 2012 by zooeden
girls and boys increasingly violent and respectles cause as a parent you are not allowed to slap a pedagogic "dont do it" bunch of puzzies and softies idiots!!!
23:33 January 12, 2012 by skumdum
Everytime the Local writes about swedish girls they use this picture.
23:48 January 12, 2012 by Kina_observer
Swedish girls gone wild.......
04:34 January 13, 2012 by philster61
12:57 January 13, 2012 by Achilles7
This article doesn't surprise me. Having lived in Sweden for a year now, I have noticed that Swedish girls are not at all like the sterotypical pure, gentle, innocent 'fairer sex' as so often portrayed in English media. They are actually quite loud, aggressive and boisterous. It's a shame really, because a lot of them are very pretty but they rather ruin their attractiveness by being very un-lady like.
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