Nadine Jardine with The Business Insider gives her view on the topic:
Earlier this week the shocking statistic that one in 10 women in Norway have been a victim of rape was reported by The New York Times.
The statistic may come as a huge shock since Norway, along with the rest of Scandinavia and Northern Europe is currently seen as bastion of women’s equality.
In fact, according to the Daily Beast’s Women In The World survey, Norway is the seventh best nation for women in terms of equality.
Yet, the country’s high ranking is attributable more to its healthcare and female representation in politics rather than its championing of women’s justice.
Katrin Bennhold’s article reports that 10 percent of Norwegian women over the age of 15 have been a victim of rape, usually occurring within a marriage or relationship.
Marital rape is not specifically criminalized in Norway while it is also reported that 80 percent of cases go unreported. The article made observations from Norway’s women’s shelters, where victims of domestic violence and sexual assault seek refuge from attack.
The Local has also reported that thought the article comments on the majority of rapes occurring behind closed doors, its publication coincides with a rise in reported “after hours” rapes in the Norwegian capital.
2011 has seen over double the number of rapes as in 2010 prompting calls for voluntary police officers to solve the problem.
And The Local and Bergens Tidende give their feedback:
Rapes are become so prevalent in once peaceful Oslo’s that Hotels are resorting to issuing Hotel guests key-chain alarms in the event they are attacked in the capital’s many darkened areas after hours.
A doubling of sexual assaults in Oslo this year has led edgy hotel guests to request pepper spray from the night porter at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia when they go out after hours. The hotel’s response has instead been to issue high-pitched alarms to staff, and to guests who ask about protection, newspaper Bergens Tidende reports.
Due to the rising immigration in Oslo rapes are equally on the rise. In-line with the city’s rape awareness measures, staff at the Blu receive self-defence instruction and are issued with the distress alarms. The morning programmes of Oslo-based TV stations have featured martial arts instructors’ lessons for escaping situations that could lead to sexual assault.
According to the Oslo police report there was a total of 186 of known rape cases in 2010, double that for 2011. In all 83 assault-rape cases, they were carried out by sheer physical force. In these 83 cases the perpetrator could be identified by the victim. In all 83, the attacker was described as having “non-western appearance,” a laundered “politically correct” liberal euphemism for Muslim immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, or Asia.
The recent arrest of five Afghan and Pakistani Muslim men immediately stoked calls for the creation of a national police sex-crimes unit. Oslo mayor Fabian Stang also called for discussions on a possible curtailment on freedoms for asylum seekers from Islamic backgrounds.
Whatever the count of foreigners involved, Mayor Stang weighed in with a call for “dramatic action” after a record year of 48 “after hours” rapes. While he singled out non-western foreigners, he also made it clear that asylum seekers should not be kept confined from the rest of society.
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