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Sweden tops European rape stats

Twice as many as "runner up" the UK

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post 27.Apr.2009, 09:34 AM
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Sweden has the highest incidence of reported rapes in Europe - twice as many as "runner up" the UK, a new study shows.

Researchers behind the EU study, which will be presented on Tuesday, conclude that rape appears to be a more common occurrence in Sweden than in continental European countries.

In Sweden, 46 incidents of rape are reported per 100,000 residents.

This figure is double as many as in the UK which reports 23 cases, and four times that of the other Nordic countries, Germany and France. The figure is up to 20 times the figure for certain countries in southern and eastern Europe.

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Mina08
post 27.Apr.2009, 11:11 AM
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Rapist's get away with it, because the police and courts dont do there job.
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Cos
post 27.Apr.2009, 11:21 AM
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Ah, so finally the Swedish policies towards escort services pay-off..
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tigger007
post 27.Apr.2009, 11:38 AM
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did u know that a tax cheater will get more time than a rapist!!! a rapist can get up to 3yrs and a tax cheat get get 3 to 6yrs. that's backwards as hell!!
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Dazzler
post 27.Apr.2009, 12:00 PM
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That headline appears to say that Sweden has a sports team in raping... yay #1 !
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Paulo +fab muscular than ...
post 27.Apr.2009, 12:25 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if Bulgaria or Romania have reported 0 or too low cases of rapes, exactly as it shows when it comes to homophobia figures in these countries. It makes you have the false impression that the ex communist states do NOT discriminate against gay people.
It makes me wonder whether the criteria of what should be considered rape could largely vary across these countries as much as well how effectively they're supposed to be reporting their occurences.
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peropaco
post 27.Apr.2009, 12:41 PM
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I say blame it on the lame judiciary system and the brainless police force that would spend more time trying to catch a traffic offender than a rapist. Look at the case of the guy walking free because the young girl he sexually assaulted committed suicide. The figures don’t surprise me with all the hostile-passive aggressive and sociopath behavior one encounters every day in this country. I am sure the cases of zoophilia are even more alarming.
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VikingHumpingWitch
post 27.Apr.2009, 12:45 PM
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Does anyone else find this contradictory?

"The high figures in Sweden are not only due to an increased tendency to report rapes, and even other more minor sexual offences.

The opposite is in fact the case, the researchers argue; rape simply appears to be a more common occurrence in Sweden than in the other EU countries studied.

Over 5,000 rapes are reported in Sweden per annum while reports in other countries of a comparable size amounted to only a few hundred.

The figures can however be somewhat distorted as it is often only assault rapes by strangers and aggravated acquaintance rapes that are reported in many of these countries - as was the case in Sweden 40 years ago."
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nic_tester
post 27.Apr.2009, 01:17 PM
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QUOTE (peropaco @ 27.Apr.2009, 01:41 PM) *
I say blame it on the lame judiciary system and the brainless police force that would spend more time trying to catch a traffic offender than a rapist. Look at the case of the ... (show full quote)

Yes, she visited him to be assaulted over a period of several months..

I think alot of the explanation is that swedish feminist movement have been very successfull in redefining rape.

Be that as it may, there is still no excuse for the low percentage of the perpetrators brought to court and convicted. Even if our laws are ludicrous they should be enforced as long as they are in place. So its a very poor mark for sweden, whichever way you look at it.
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post 27.Apr.2009, 01:19 PM
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QUOTE (nic_tester @ 27.Apr.2009, 02:17 PM) *
I think alot of the explanation is that swedish feminist movement have been very successfull in redefining rape.

Howso?
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Jeanette
post 27.Apr.2009, 01:20 PM
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Is it not the case that in Sweden "rape" does not necessarily require forced penetration to have taken place? I seem to remember reading that the legal definition of rape in Sweden is somewhat looser than the definition in other countries.
That would obviously produce this statistical result.
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Marley420
post 27.Apr.2009, 01:23 PM
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Swedish men still think they are still living in the stone age. Raping, or any type of abuse to a women is just wrong. Nothing will change until the E.U. Supreme court forces Sweden to toughen the law and sentencing guildlines. Until then, to all the women living in Sweden, please be safe!
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Nomark
post 27.Apr.2009, 01:52 PM
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QUOTE (VikingHumpingWitch @ 27.Apr.2009, 01:45 PM) *
Does anyone else find this contradictory?"The high figures in Sweden are not only due to an increased tendency to report rapes, and even other more minor sexual offences. ... (show full quote)


I've long since stopped attaching too much credibility to research findings on these issues. The systematic uncertainties are too large and the work is rarely published in peer reviewed journals. I will believe the conclusions of this work if they are confirmed by several other independent studies which are published in peer reviewed journals. This is the normal way in which research is conducted.

Instead of sensationalising, the media should ask (a) is the work published in an internationally respected peer reviewed journal ? (b ) do these findings agree or disagree with any previous work ? (c ) is this the only study of its kind ? (d) how soon can these conclusions be confirmed/repudiated by further independent study ?
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nic_tester
post 27.Apr.2009, 02:01 PM
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QUOTE (Craptastical @ 27.Apr.2009, 02:19 PM) *
Howso?

Its anough to "feel" raped, no matter the circumstances, for it to be rape. However, for someone to be convicted of rape the perpetrator has to have had knowledge that the partner was "feeling" raped, something that is tricky to prove.

So, you have a situation where something can be classified as rape without any violence or purpuseful coercion, it is anough if the victim Perceived anough pressure and that the victim comunicated that the victim wished for the act to be terminated some way. So no violence and no spoken no is necessary and volontary sex can turn into legal rape throughout the interaction from start to finish.

At least thats the way I understood it. Please correct me if you have better information.
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post 27.Apr.2009, 02:43 PM
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I think it's because those statistics are about sexual agressions in general and that people are more concerne about this in Sweden, including the police, than a lot of others countries, where it's still really difficult to talk about it or even go to a police station and be well treated as a victim.
It would be really strange that in Sweden the number of rape could be superior than those taking place in France where 8.9% of women have been raped or have been sexually assaulted or in Great-Britain where 30 % of the women have been assaulted by their husband or ex-husband/boyfriends (sources : UN).
It's like if you compare the criminal official statistics in Europe : according to them, Sweden is also one of the most dangerous country in the UE, much more than Italy or Bulgaria. It's ridiculous. It's just that in some countries, the definition of a crime is not really the same, and that the crime is under estimated in those countries.
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