Rape Statistics in Europa

Sweden and Denmark have been identified as the countries where most rapes have occurred in the European Union. A chart has been compiled by Statista for the Independent magazine and it shows a very high percentage of people who said that they have gone through sexual harassment. These results have been based on data collected since 2012 and it has been circulated by European Agency for Fundamental Rights in its report a couple of years ago through `Violence against women: a European Union-wide survey.

The statistical data indicates that in Denmark and Sweden, almost eighty per cent of girls and women have pointed out that they were either insulted or sexually assaulted in the last five years and this points out to an alarming increase of such cases; in fact, it could be the highest anywhere in Europe. In the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Finland, almost sixty per cent of people have indicated that they have been sexually assaulted at least once in their adult lives.

The Gatestone Institute declared Sweden as the `rape capital’ of the West. This was done based on data that has been collected since 2010. As far as world statistics go, Lesotho in South Africa ranks as the country with the highest rape of sexual offences and rapes followed by Sweden.

Finland has also been isolated as one of the least safe places for women in Europe. Media points out that rapes committed by asylum seekers have had a dramatic increase. Only one out of four cases of rape has been reported to Finnish police. A police survey has revealed that almost four thousand cases of rapes have been committed last year while just about a thousand cases have been reported. Finnish newspaper has circulated statistics that 940 rape cases were reported in 2014 as compared with only 488 cases in 2000.

Cologne Rape Assaults triggered the boom in the number of cases this year

Many countries in Europe have been facing growing unrest among their public amid a chain of sexual assault reports since the Cologne attacks this year.

The attacks on last New Year’s Eve in Cologne were a lead to what happened all across the continent during the year. This day will be remembered in Germany as a day of national tragedy because the rape assaults took place en masse. There were several reports of sexual assaults on women who were molested in public places and there were immigrant religious cases of bodies of girls being slashed for not covering up modestly. Most of the religiously influenced cases have been due to Muslim refugees. Prosecutors feel that most suspects among the Cologne rape assaults were refugees. Most of these people have entered Germany after applying for asylum. The saddest part of the rape attacks in Cologne has been that out of an estimated two thousand sex attackers, only eight convictions have come about.

Explanation on why the rape cases have gone up in Europe

People are not able to lay their finger on definite patterns in the rising sexual violence in Europe despite a chain of sex attacks all across the continent. However, when such violent crimes are committed, there is a tendency to feel that cases could be interconnected and they may represent a systemic issue with toxic or violent masculinity. Despite the string of violence of a misogynist nature that has been perpetrated against females all across Europe, There is not much hue and cry in the media. Swedish police recently released reports that blame has to be placed on both non-conventional gender roles and influence of alcohol. In other words, the police feels that Swedish women are provoking most attacks by their scanty dress codes. It is ironic to note that most victims of sex attacks have been girls around the age of fifteen.

The explanation for cases of rape in Sweden, Denmark and Finland by Middle Eastern immigrants is that, on an average, these people have a much different view of sex and women than those of the Scandinavians. Over the past decade, immigrants have come in mainly from Muslim nations like Syria, Somalia and Iraq. This kind of an influx contributes to the explosion in rape cases.

Are asylum seekers and migrant factors responsible in the rise of rape cases in Europe?

An important statistical factor that people tend to ignore is that more than one million migrants have piled up in Germany last year and there are three more million refugees expected in the next four years as per internal government figures. Against such a background, when we speak about incidents, they have to be studied carefully so that links and patterns can be established. There is a possibility that a culture of violence and rape may be slowly developing in all migrant centres.

Perhaps it is about time that the migrants are made to realise that things may be much different in Germany and Europe than in the refugees’ home countries. Rape is unacceptable the moment they say a woman wearing any type of tight clothing or a short skirt.