The number of reported sexual offenses in Sweden is increasing exponentially, shows the latest preliminary crime statistics from the Crime Prevention Council (BRÅ). Sexual crimes increased by 33 per cent since last year, reports SVT. One of the explanations could be the so-called #Metoo campaign.
According to BRÅ's latest figures, 868 new reports of sexual abuse have been made in November. This is an increase of 33 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Also the number of reported rapes increases.
During November, 631 people reported rapes to the police, an increase of 16 percent compared with November 2016.
The number of reported rapes throughout the year so far, ie between January and November, gives an increase of 8 percent compared with the same period last year.
According to Lisa Wallin, Investigator of Crime Prevention, the increase is particularly clear after the #Metoo campaign started.
The number of reported sexual offenses began to increase in mid October, thus at the same time as the #Metoo campaign took off.
"We see a clear difference regarding the reports, especially for sexual offenses," she told SVT.
The government will now ask BRÅ to take a closer look at the reasons for the big increase. The government will also propose stricter penalties for persons who commit sexual offenses.
However, the government still refuses to investigate the ethnicity of offenders:
Swedish Minister of Justice: Men rape - not immigrants
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