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Hundreds more rapes in Sweden this year

The number of rapes reported increased by 14 percent during the first six months of the year. There are 431 more rape rates than in the same period last year, a new report from Brå shows.


Crime Prevention Council, Brå, has published fresh statistics on reported crimes in the first half of 2017.

The figures show, among other things, that rape and other sexual offenses have increased.

In the first half of 2017, 9,680 sexual offenses were reported, which is an increase of 4 percent compared with the first half of 2016.

The number of rapes reported increased to 3,430 crimes, which is 14 percent or 431 more crimes than last year.

The increase applies primarily to reported rape offenses against adult persons 18 years or older (272 more offenses), and reported rape violations against children aged 15-17 years (120 more offenses).

Of the total number of rape reported in the first half of 2017, 1 470 crimes, or 43 per cent, were rape against children (0-17 years), while 1 960 crimes or 57 per cent were rape against adults (18 years of age or older).

In 88 percent of cases involving rape against children, the victim was a girl, and in 12 percent the victim was a boy. For the reported crimes with adult victims, 95 percent of victims were women and 5 percent men.

However, the number of reported sexual offenders decreased by one percent to 4,890 crimes (60 fewer). Reported crimes on sexual constraint, exploitation, etc. increased by 1 percent to 611 crimes.

In total, 731 000 crimes – all categories – were reported in Sweden in the first six months, which is a decrease of two percent compared with the same period last year. The personal data increased by 92 to 2,830 reported crimes. The number of drug trafficking was 41,000, a decrease of seven percent. Drug abatement increased by eight percent to 51,400.

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