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Immense increase in reporting of rape

Last year 180 cases of rape were reported to Stígamót, the Icelandic Counseling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence, which is an increase from 65 reported cases of rape in 2005.

“These numbers are shocking,” Gudrún Jónsdóttir, the spokeswoman for Stígamót, told Fréttabladid and explained that on average one case of rape had been reported every other day.

Stígamót has not experienced so many reports of rape since the organization was founded 17 years ago. According to Jónsdóttir, before Stígamót was founded there had not been many places where victims of sexual violence could seek help.

Jónsdóttir said she could not explain this increase in reporting of rape, but said it is either caused by an increase in rape or increase in sufferers of rape seeking help. Jónsdóttir said these high numbers worried her.

Jónsdóttir said there had also been an increase in reports of incest; from 165 in 2005 to 185 in 2006 and that an increased number of women seek help who have suffered sexual violence related to pornography.

Jónsdóttir told Morgunbladid many women had been filmed during sexual intercourse, with or without their permission; some had been raped while under the influence of drugs, and the films had been distributed on the internet.

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