Not many really want to highlight when things aren’t great at home, even more so when given global attention thanks to the cavalier quips of the President of the United States. The above chart tabulates the latest sexual crime stats released by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), whose preliminary figures suggest a rebound. Seen over a ten-year period, the number of reported rapes has gone up from 4,208 in 2006, partly because of legislative changes in the previous year and in 2013 broadening the definition, according to Brå. The 2016 figures (not published in English yet) nonetheless show a rebound. Reported rapes rose by 13 percent in 2016. For context: In 2016 there were 67 reported rape incidents per 100,000 people, 60 in 2015, 69 in 2014, 63 in 2013, 66 in 2012, 69 in 2011, 64 in 2010 and 2009, 59 in 2008 and 52 in 2007.
In 2005, the definition of rape in the Swedish Sexual Crimes Act was broadened to include having sex with someone who is asleep, or someone who could be considered to be in a “helpless state” i.e. someone would not be capable of saying “no” because drunk at a party only to wake up and realize that someone is having sex with them.
In 2016 Brå also held a surveyof 12,000 people which revealed a total of 31 percent of women said they felt unsafe going out at night – up from 25 percent in the 2015 survey. Twelve percent said they choose not to go outside in the evenings as a result, compared to two percent of men.
The peace loving open minded multi-cultural Swedes are most concerned by crime committed by its populace according to an IPSOS poll. I wrote last year that “the Sweden Democrats seem to be resonating with a public that is fed up with the establishment. Their conservative views are made pretty plain in the campaign posters which cover train stations etc. They aren’t pulling punches. The Sweden Democrats are polling around 22% up from 14% at the last election but are growing confident of election success in 2018. Here is a banned commercial made by the Sweden Democrats which points to the state budget looking after immigrants better than pensioners. Here is a subway advertisement.
Sweden’s long standing liberal views on immigration have backfired. In 1975 it opened its borders to actively chase multiculturalism. In recent months though Sweden has asked its neighbours to take refugees off their hands which provoked a response from Denmark’s Immigration Minister, “The Swedes put themselves in this situation. They have pursued a very lenient immigration policy for years and they are to blame for the swamp they are in.”
Left wing politician Barbro Sörman tweeted the difference with migrants commiting rape is that Swedish men culturally should know better. She tweeted “The Swedish men who rape do it despite the growing gender equality. They make an active choice. It’s worse…” When contacted by a local newspaper for clarification she replied, “Take a picture of Sweden as an equal society, where all are nurtured in equality. Then you can say that if you are brought up in it, you make an active choice to not be equal, rather than if you are brought up in a society that is not equal.” How can apologists take such views?
Malmo has been a city often pointed to as a proxy for failed integration in Sweden. Deputy Police Commissioner Mats Karlsson said in response to multiple explosions that occur in the city on a regular basis, “Our dilemma is that we can never guarantee anything for sure. Evidently there are individuals who have hand grenades and they often resort to violence over things that may seem very banal to you or I – a conflict over an ex-girlfriend or a little brother wanting to outperform his big brother…It’s bad enough when they use guns, because they’ve got such poor aim, but grenades are really worrying. They have a 360-degree reach.”
There are now as many as 55 “no-go zones” spread throughout several Swedish cities where the police have little or no ability to control rising rates of violence which is putting a huge burden on over-worked police officers. Is it any wonder many are choosing to quit the force in record numbers. The Police Union had a website Polisliv (Police Life) which allowed police to air grievances anonymously because a growing number lost faith in the National Police Commissioner. The site has since been closed.
Regardless of Trump’s Swedish gaffe, the sad reality it has thrust a global spotlight on Sweden and its crime rates. While one can argue the change in classification massages the sexual crime stats upwards, the fact is the trend continues to rise.
The Gatestone Institute highlighted some of the outcomes of migrant crime in Sweden in June 2016 alone. The list is long but here are some of the crimes which seem so lenient and moreover question why some people wouldn’t be deported for committing such acts.
June 8: Three Somali men in their 20s, who locked a 14-year-old girl in a room and took turns raping her, received very lenient sentences — and all three avoided deportation. Two of the men got two and a half years in prison. The third, who was also convicted of drug-related crimes and drunk driving, got three years. After serving their time, they will all be allowed to stay in Sweden, even though they are not Swedish citizens.
June 14: An exceptionally lenient verdict against a rapist from Yemen caused emotions to run high in Mariestad. Maher Al Qalisi attacked a 13-year-old girl, knocked her off a bicycle, knifed her in the face and raped her in a park — yet, he only got 18-months’ probation and will not be deported. Al Qalisi claims he is 17 years old, even though his Yemenite passport says he is 20. If he had been tried as an adult, he would certainly have gotten a more severe punishment. Prosecutor Jonas Lövström was disappointed with the verdict: “It is my firm belief that he is older than 21.”
June 28: An Eritrean, who raped a Swedish woman in a public restroom in Sundsvall, gets to stay in Sweden after being sentenced to one year and four months in prison. The Swedish Migration Agency apparently did not feel he could be sent back to his home country. The mild sentence was given because he claimed to be only 19 years old.
The Swedes can admonish Trump or perhaps reflect at how they are going to slow down crime in their country. It doesn’t look like a bed of roses. Then again denial is the first stage of admitting there is a problem.