gnome wrote:Wasn't there some question of apples-to-oranges on the Swedish rape statistics?
Once again something I'm having trouble finding straight talk about. Hand-waving or exaggerating, little in-between.
Yes. All comparative criminal statistics are bullshit, because of different definitions and recording practices. Rape in Sweden is no different.
"In Sweden there has been this ambition explicitly to record every case of sexual violence separately, to make it visible in the statistics," she says.
"So, for instance, when a woman comes to the police and she says my husband or my fiance raped me almost every day during the last year, the police have to record each of these events, which might be more than 300 events. In many other countries it would just be one record - one victim, one type of crime, one record."
"There might also be some increase in actual crime because of societal changes. Due to the internet, for example, it's much easier these days to meet somebody, just the same evening if you want to. Also, alcohol consumption has increased quite a lot during this period.
"But the major explanation is partly that people go to the police more often, but also the fact that in 2005 there has been reform in the sex crime legislation, which made the legal definition of rape much wider than before."