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Calls for Rape Prevention Measures to be Bolstered

Stígamót, the Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence, is calling for rape prevention measures to be bolstered after three cases of rape were reported at this year’s Thjódhátíd festival on the Westman Islands.

westmanislands-vikingboat_ipaThe Westman Islands. Photo Copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

Spokesperson for Stígamót, Guðrún Jónsdóttir, says that the festival must put more funds into such measures, reports.

“As far as I know, the festival brought in ISK 200 million last year. I think it is their absolute duty to put good money into working on prevention. There are some indications [that this is being done], but a lot more needs to be done. And these preventative measures must of course be directed in the right direction, to those who may possibly rape,” says Guðrún.

A 22-year old man suspected of having raped a woman at the festival was arrested on Saturday night, reports.

Police are still searching for two men in connection with the rapes.

Stígamót urges any victims who may not have already come forward to seek help and report such cases.

Police report a total of 52 drug cases at the festival, mostly concerning cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines, reports.

In other festival news, the head organizer of Thjódhátíd, Páll Scheving Ingvarsson, has announced that he is stepping down from the post. Páll, who has been in the position for around 10 years, told rú that he feels he has been in the position long enough and will turn his focus to other areas.

When asked whether the controversy surrounding security at the festival contributed towards his decision, Páll replied that “it had certainly taken its toll.”

Páll was quoted as saying at a council meeting last year that Stígamót’s presence at the festival would encourage, rather than help prevent, incidences of rape from occurring.


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