A total of 368 sex violations were reported to police in 2008, an increase of 18 percent compared to the average number of reports in 2003-2007, according to the recently released crime statistics for 2008 by the Commissioner of the Icelandic Police.
A demonstration in Reykjavík in November 2008. The photo is not related to the story. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
During the first nine months of this year, police have received 200 reports of sex violations, Morgunbladid reports.
Gudrún Jónsdóttir, spokesperson for Stígamót, Icelandic counseling and information center for survivors of sexual violence, said she isn’t surprised by these statistics since their own statistics from 1997 onwards show a significant increase in rape in the past years.
According to Jónsdóttir, this development can also be noted in other European countries. “It is interesting that at the same time, the number of sex crime convictions has stayed the same,” she said.
Jónsdóttir pointed out that in 1997-2007 no more than three rape convictions per year have gone through the Supreme Court and five on average through the country’s district courts.
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