Sweden’s capital has seen a sharp increase in reported rape cases since 2015.
Reported rapes from just one of Stockholm’s major hospitals shows an increase of 100 victims each year since 2015’s influx of migrants.
“Most patients are traumatized and in shock when they arrive at the hospital,” says a senior physician. “They also want to check that they have not been infected with any sexually transmitted diseases from the rape.”
The same hospital last year saw over 800 rape victims seeking emergency care; compared to 2015’s 600 count, a 38% increase is observed.
This figure only accounts for the victims who choose to seek professional treatment.
“Many people can not report, others are afraid [that they won’t be] believed and what the environment [would be] like," says the senior physician.
Correspondingly, a similar annual figure is seen in a 2016 Finnish police report chronicling over 130 victims of sex crimes by “asylum seekers.”
Rape was the most prevalent reported sex crime at 32% with 16% of the reports being gang rape, the media site Voice of Europe discerns.
“Finnish women were victims in 8 out of 10 cases committed by mostly Muslim asylum seekers: 108 out of 116 suspects of sexual offenses came from Islamic countries like Iraq (83), Afghanistan (14) or Morocco (6),” reports the European media site. “Almost half of sexual offenses were committed against Finnish girls under the age of 18 of which some were seeking men to access tobacco and drugs.”
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