The increase in sexual assault cases is having a devastating effect on the lives of Swedish women, with between 13 and 14 per cent saying they were afraid of venturing out in the evenings, according to new date.
The data was revealed in an annual survey of around 12,000 people by he Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), an agency working under the Ministry of Justice.
Director general of the National Council, Erik Wennerström, said: “The difference between women’s and men’s insecurity is not acceptable in the society that we want.”
While numbers dropped in 2014, the following year saw a huge surge in alleged sexually assault victims, with women aged between 20-24 considered the most at risk.
The sexual assaults recorded were wide-ranging, from minor offences such as indecent exposure to rape and other very serious crimes.
Major public events in Sweden, including music festivals, have been highlighted as areas where young women face a high chance of sexual harassment.
Swedish author Katerina Janouch recently claimed Sweden was struggling to cope with the migrant crisis.
Speaking to Aftonbladet, she said: “I’m not saying it’s the refugees’ fault but we are are facing a crisis in migration issues.
“I want to have a debate about what our society should look like. About how we allocate resources in our own country, how we distribute taxpayers’ money and which political decisions should be made.”