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Sweden: What’s behind the new insecurity of women?

In Music  festivals, buses, bath houses and other public environments, many – especially women – have noticed a change. Not only the perceived insecurity among women have increased, but the number of reported  sex offenses . In particular, young women aged 16-24 are affected. It certainly did not start in 2016, but that’s when a new normal picture emerged in Sweden. What is behind?


The year before, over 35,000 unaccompanied immigrants people came – most men from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia. And it’s not a good guess that tens of thousands of young men from cultures with a completely different view of women than the one in general here can have consequences for women. In each survey that the Crime Prevention Council ( BRÅ ) has made of those who commit sexual offenses, men with a foreign background are heavily overrepresented.

– They did not speak Swedish. So much we can say.

It said Monica Oldin, head of a crime breach at Kalmar police. She led the investigations after the sexual assault on the Larmtorget New Year’s Night 2016 when gangs of foreign boys and men surrounded and harassed girls and women sexually. ( Barometer 31/12 -16 ). 32 women reported that they had been subjected to sexual assault the only night in the square.

Many young girls in eastern Småland feel insecure, which allowed Studio One to visit the area ( SR 7/6 ). This was when large refugee settlements opened in the small communities around Kalmar, Oskarshamn and Västervik as the street scene changed.

In his speech, the reporter speaks with Alexandra who goes to the eight and takes the bus to and from the school in Oskarshamn.

“In the queue stood one of the new arrivals, just behind us. He put his hands on his hips and type moved upside down, or how to say. Then he stood giant and pushed from behind and so. The next day, that was the same thing again. And it was great fun. We were so scared so we left the bus and ran home.

According to the manager of Kalmar County Bus, there were several who witnessed similar events during this period.

In eastern Småland, women’s insecurity has doubled in four years. Especially clear is the increase for 2016. When the reporter talks with young women in Oskarshamn they give the same picture. In a short period of time, many young men arrived and it created an insecurity, “said 17-year-old Emma and Natalie in the report. Much of the insecurity is connected with new arrivals who are badly injured, they say. Especially at the bus stop. No sexual harassment they have been involved in has led them to police police reports, suggesting there is a dark number.

All of the known perpetrators of the killing in Kungsträdgården had a foreign background.

“I got a little lump in my stomach every time I was there. One tries to type hiding a bit. One feels that you’d rather go underground, “Emma says.

At one point she was surrounded by new arrivals on the bus and had to call her dad who came and picked her up immediately when the bus stopped.

The pattern goes back in many parts of Sweden. The music festival We are Sthlm became aware of the extensive sexual assault that took place in 2014 and 2015, as the media first failed to report.In the police’s internal report on the festival, they find that those who suffer from the sexual harassment were “unaccompanied refugee dangers, preferably from Afghanistan”. All of the famous pestilent perpetrators in Kungsträdgården had a foreign background.

The same thing happened at Putte music festival in Karlstad in 2016. According to the police, there was a continuous discussion of seven to eight unaccompanied girls. A 12-year-old girl was one of those who suffered. ( VF 2/7 -16 ).

In the swimming pool around Sweden , young girls and girls have been subjected to sexual harassment. In 80 percent of the reports from the bathhouse were the perpetrators of declared or established foreign descent, the police writes in their position of sexual assassinations in the country ( 16/ 5-16 ). Most had no Swedish social security numbers, and in the reports they found that they were asylum seekers. The police further wrote that: “The suspects in crimes carried out by a larger group of offenders, in public places, were mainly persons with foreign citizenship.”

What happens when large groups of young men from cultures where “sedentary” women stay at home, come to the world’s most equal country? Are the effects in the statistics of women’s increasing insecurity visible? In the increase of notifications of sexual offenses? We do not know for sure – although there are strong indications – but the government should take its responsibility and instruct BRÅ to investigate it.

“It should not be so. On a bus in Sweden. There is something wrong. “

In eastern Småland, women feel more insecure than the national average. But there are indications that it has become a bit better. This is partly due to the fact that many of the refugee settlements have closed, and those who lived there have moved. But also because the police have been talking about Swedish attitudes and gender equality at both HVB homes and institutions. This seems to have given results. Perhaps this may be partially trained. But then you need to know better how the target audience looks. Just over a year ago , the Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér (S) promised that new arrivals would be trained in gender equality . Did she mean that seriously?

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