Quillette: Sweden’s Sexual Assault Crisis

Police admit that rape cases are piling up without being investigated, because resources are being drained by gang violence and shootings.

In Sweden.

The country with the “first feminist government” in the world.

I wrote for Quillette in October about Sweden’s sexual assault crisis:

While Swedish women rank among the most equal in the world, they increasingly fear for their physical safety on the streets.

Reported sex crimes increased by 61 percent between 2007 and 2016. Meanwhile a rise in gang violence among men–the number of victims injured by gunshots increased by 50 percent between 2004 and 2016–indirectly affects the safety of women. Police admit that rape cases are piling up without being investigated because resources are being drained by gang violence and shootings. 

“We have so many similar cases,” a spokeswoman of the local police told the Swedish public television channel SVT on September 12, “and there are so few of us, that we simply don’t have the time.” She continued: “We have rape victims three years old,” and even their cases await investigation. Torgny Söderberg, head of the investigation section at the Stockholm police, confirmed the problem on SVT, acknowledging that homicides and attempted homicides draw resources away from rape investigations. “It’s hard to explain why rape cases are piling up awaiting investigation, but the other crimes are even more serious. We are forced to choose between two evils.”

Read it here.

 

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