Sweden has the highest incidence of reported rapes in Europe but the lowest conviction rate, and worsening levels of violence against women, despite its good reputation for gender equality.
A study commissioned by the European Union found that Sweden has the highest incidence of reported rapes in Europe. And an Amnesty International report on rape in the Nordic Countries was highly critical of Sweden for an abysmally low conviction rate for rape cases.
Which adds considerable weight to criticism of Sweden for pursuing Julian Assange for purely political reasons. In an open letter to the Swedish government on his blog, Michael Moore quotes these findings from Katrin Axelsson of Women Against Rape:
** Sweden has the HIGHEST per capita number of reported rapes in Europe.
** This number of rapes has quadrupled in the last 20 years.
** The conviction rates? They have steadily DECREASED.
While rapists enjoy this apparent impunity, the Swedish authorities’ sexual assault allegations against Assange, although he has not been charged with any crime, resulted in his imprisonment and release on bail in the UK.
AI concluded that “deeply rooted patriarchal gender norms” of Swedish family life and sexual relationships are a “major societal flaw” and a reason for the continued prevalence of violence against women in Sweden.