- Category: Migrant Crisis
Hundreds of women in the heavily-migrant populated city of Malmo took to the streets this week to protest the growing levels of sex attacks after a string of gang rapes.
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The protests were largely in response to a comment from police in the city, who initially advised women not to go out alone at night in the wake of the gang rape of a 17-year-old described as particularly brutal.
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The demonstrators were also protesting the fact that there had been three gang rapes in the city in under a month, the Daily Mail reports.
The women involved demanded that police do more to protect them from violent criminals, and called on the government to push through tougher rape legislation.
Sara Wettergren, one of the speakers at the demonstration, said: “I never thought I would be scared to walk around in my hometown.”
Gang rapes have been a particular cause for concern for Swedish authorities and according to some reports, the vast majority of gang rape cases are committed by migrant men or those from migrant backgrounds.
Swedish lawyer Elisabeth Fritz went even further claiming that in the majority of rape cases she deals with the suspects come from migrant backgrounds.
Since the rise of the #MeToo movement, the Swedish Crime Prevention Council (Brå) has claimed the number of reported sex offences has increased by 33 per cent compared to the same time last year.
The Swedish government announced they would be tightening rape laws so that individuals would need prior permission in order to engage in sexual activity or potentially face rape charges in the wake of #MeToo.
Some speculated that the new consent rules could lead to written permission being required prior to intercourse, with doubts that mere verbal consent would hold up in a criminal trial.
Increasing prison tariffs and making deportation of migrant attackers standard has been little discussed, however.
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