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Swedish women left in FEAR as number of sexual assault claims ‘SOARS BY 70 PER CENT’

In 2014, just one per cent of Swedish people said they had been sexually attacked, rising to 1.7 per cent in 2015, which equates to more than 129,000 people.

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.

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Around 22 per cent of women said they are concerned about sexual assault, as well as eight per cent of Swedish men.

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.

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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.”

The percentage of sexual assault victims in Sweden has hovered around the one per cent mark between 2005-2012 before a sharp jump to 1.3 per cent in 2013.

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.

Major events like music festivals could leave Swedish people in a vulnerable position

The survey also found the most common location for sexual attacks is in public places, and the perpetrator is often unknown to the victim.

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.

Some Swedish women claim they are afraid to go out at night

The country has seen a wave of sexual assaults in recent months, some of which have been committed by migrants who have recently arrived in Sweden.

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.”

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