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2 5, 2:51pm
Actually this sourced article:
- has inaccurate reporting. The reason being that unlike in other nations, in Sweden what is classified under the legal stature of ' rape ' in research methodology includes but is not limited to all cases of reported sexual assault, as well as all reported cases of rape regardless of conviction. In most countries the reports of rape either only include convictions of rape, or them and unresolved accusations. Another variable is that people and especially women now feel more comfortable openly talking about it and reporting sexual assault and rape, which I find to be a good thing that there is less stigma attached to reporting on a crime, and it is not seen as a shame or the victims fault.
Indeed the research paper from Amnesty International:
- that the:
- vaguely referred to says the following on the abstract definition of rape section: " In Norway and Sweden, the letter of the law allows even slight use of force to be interpreted as
constituting rape: [...] From a human rights perspective, it is important that acts which do not include any kind of
penetration or intercourse are criminalized when the act seriously infringes the sexual
autonomy and integrity of the victim. This is the case in most of the Nordic countries. In
Denmark, Norway and Sweden, in addition to oral, vaginal or anal penetration with body parts
or objects, rape definitions also include comparable forced sexual acts that do not require any
kind of penetration: such as touching of genitals or masturbation. " - a legal stature I find to be in the right direction, absent from my nation much to my shame.
When you consider what constitutes as ' rape ' under Swedish research methodology, the articles reporting on:
- are misleading, but not extraordinary. Indeed sexual assaults are not usually resolved in courts and are more common than rapes, therefore they inflate claims such as the one: " On 23 April 2010 Carina Hägg and Nalin Pekgul (respectively MP and chairwoman of Social Democratic Women in Sweden) wrote in the Göteborgs-Posten that "up to 90% of all reported rapes never get to court. " - Source:
- Of course they won't, because sexual assaults are not resolved in courts. Neither are accusations of rape unless there is enough evidence for the government to make a case against a citizen. This is actually quite standard procedure in a lot of places in the world. I am not commenting whether it ought or ought not to be like that, but it is not unusual to see a reporting of a statistic that lacks context which it relies on.
While it is unfortunate that rape is an elusive crime and difficult to solve or protect against, it should be recognized to the extent which all reporting can be accurate and inaccurate, because not knowing any better often leads to misguided perceptions. When you do account for the difference in research methodology and calculate the differential index, you'll notice that Sweden has a relatively small frequency of convicted rapes by the world standards. Of course this is noting we are only speaking of convicted cases, it is near impossible to tell how many of the unresolved cases are true in any part of the world.
Personally i wish none are, not because I don't want justice to be served but because nobodies autonomy should be violated. But that is not the world we live in unfortunately, and therefore I hope that every person gets justice properly. 1 is 1 too many in any case, there is zero tolerance for violating someones right for privacy and autonomy. I'd like to think I went to study mental health so I could especially hope those whose autonomy has been violated. What it does to a person is heartbreaking.
The best we can hope to do currently is educate people on the subject matter and seek ways in which we could more effectively solve these crimes and more effectively investigate the claims and protect those who have been sexually violated. Of that I presume we can all agree upon.