Despite Sweden’s self-perception as the epitome of gender equality and social justice and contrary to the efforts of “world’s first feminist government,” rape and sexual abuse of women and has been on the rise over the past several decades, with the increase reaching an astonishing 400 percent in the Swedish capital.
The number of reported rapes in Sweden has increased by 10 percent in 2017, new figures from Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council (Brå) have shown. A total of 7,230 rape cases (667 more than the year before) were reported in the country most affected the #MeToo anti-harassment movement.
In total, almost 21,500 sexual offenses were reported in a Sweden which sees itself as the epitome of gender equality and social justice. This is an increase of 8 percent or 1,600 offenses, compared with 2016.
Of them, the number of reported crimes featuring sexual coercion and exploitation increased by 7 percent to 1,330 and the number of reported offenses on sexual abuse increased by 3 percent to 10,800 crimes. Incidentally, sex-related attacks on girls aged under 15 fell by four per cent, while they were up eight per cent for boys in the same age bracket.
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