480,000 sexual assaults of women in Sweden - in one year
More and more Swedish women say they are victims of sexual crimes. New figures from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention show that 480,000 Swedish women were sexually assaulted in 2015. That is worse than any previous year, worse than ever.
In a new study, three percent of women say they were subjected to some form of sexual offenses in 2015. The corresponding figure last year was just under two percent.
Most vulnerable are women aged 16-24 years. Among the young women, nine percent said that they were subjected to sexual assaults during last year.
The figures come from an interim report by the National Crime Survey (NTU), which the National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ) has published, writes the Swedish newspaper Borås Tidning.
- We can not say who the offenders are. This survey does not include these tools. It is designed to produce figures and show how it looks, says Emelie Hambrook, investigator at BRÅ.
However, since the large increase of sexual assaults coincides with the large influx of migrants last year, it is very easy to make obvious assumptions.
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