The rapid approach of the Swedish Bögalö is heralded by yet another increase in the number of rapes and sexual assaults against women.
Reported cases of sexual molestation against women and girls have increased sharply since 2015
On Thursday the Crime Prevention Council’s preliminary statistics for reported crime during 2019 were released. The statistics show that the number of sexual molestations against women and girls has increased sharply since 2015. The number of reported sexual molestations in the group of girls 15-17 has increased by 51%.
The number of reported rapes increased during 2019 by 6%, rising to 8,350 reported crimes compared to the previous year. Something that Nyheter Idag earlier reported on.
The total number of reported cases of sexual molestation remained at the same level as the previous year — 9,730. However, among women 18 or older, an increase of 5% was reported, to 5,294 reports.
Now Nyheter Idag has reviewed the number of reports of sexual molestation against women since 2015, five years back in time.
- Women age 18 or older: From 4,173 to 5,294. An increase of 27%.
- Girls 15-17. From 718 to 1,084. An increase of 51%.
- Girls up to 15 years of age: From 2,072 to 2,304. An increase of 11%. However, 2014, the first year with complete statistics from BRÅ, is extremely high — 3,000.
In total, the number of reported cases of sexual molestation has more than doubled in 20 years. From 4,963 total reported cases of sexual molestation in 1999 to 10,310 cases in 2019— an increase of 108%.
There are different theories as to why the number of reports has increased. The criminologist Nina Rung has previously said that she believes that the tendency to file a report has increased.
After a large number of cases of sexual molestation against especially young girls were reported, the police compiled a report in 2016 in which, among other things, stated that cases were found in which groups of men surrounded girls who were alone and then abused them.
In at least ten cases, a lone girl was surrounded by several men (from 5-6 to a larger number) who are sometimes estimated to be 14-16 years of age. On these occasions, some held the girl down while others touched her breasts and body, and in one case, some photographed the abuse.
In some cases, the perpetrators have unbuttoned the girl’s pants and attempted — and in certain cases also succeeded — in pulling them down before rescue arrived. Similarly, it has occurred that several girls in a peer group have been exposed at the same time by a large gang. A few suspected offenders have been identified.
Those identified are citizens of Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia. All of the investigations in Stockholm and Kalmar from 2014-2015 have been closed due to the difficulty in identification or for lack of evidence.