Yet the state of denial continues. In the article below there is not even a hint of acknowledgement that cultural enrichment may play a significant part in the number of women being raped in the capital of Norway. If the media are to be believed, there are two contributing factors to the increased incidence of rape:
|1.||More women are reporting the crime to the authorities, and|
|2.||Jens and Thorbjørn don’t take “no” seriously when the object of their lust is a wee bit drunk.|
Seriously. That’s the best they can come up with.
Many thanks to our Norwegian correspondent The Observer for this translation from yesterday’s Aftenposten:
Increase of 69% in the first quarter: Enormous hike in reported rapes in Oslo
“These are very ugly numbers,” police inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde says.
Last year the number of reported rapes in the capital rose by 30 percent. Since the beginning of the New Year it has only gotten worse.
“Overall there has been a 69 percent increase in cases of reported and attempted rapes in the first quarter this year. That’s an increase of 27 cases compared with this period last year.”
Police Inspector Hanne Kristin Rohde is not happy with the stats she has received from the vice section of the Oslo police.
“These are very ugly numbers,” she says.
“Is this a real increase, or is it simply because more victims are willing to report rape?”
“We don’t know. But bearing in mind the huge focus that we’ve had on this type of crime lately, we believe that the increase is a result of an increased willingness to report rape.”
76 cases in 91 days
During the first 91 days of 2012 the police in Oslo have received 76 reports of rape, compared with 45 at the same time last year. Included in these numbers are the much-publicized assault rape cases.
Want boys and men to take more responsibility
“The most important thing for me is to prevent rape. We need to start talking about domestic violence and rapes that occur at or after parties,” Rohde says.
She stresses the importance of awareness campaigns targeting girls and boys. It’s about how to behave — and how to take care of each other.
“I want to ask all you boys and men: If the girl has consumed alcohol, are you really willing to believe that she actually means ‘yes’?”
Rohde is fully aware that she may be stepping on toes when she portrays the question of consent (responsibility) in this manner.
But this is very important. Boys and men must be able to think and evaluate the situation. It all comes down to the fact that we should take care of each other, Rohde says.
Have hired more investigators
Last year, Rohde struggled with the huge numbers of investigators leaving the vice section for other branches of the police.
“We really would have struggled to investigate the cases we are sitting on now with the limited resources we had then,” she says.
Although Rohde has hired more staff, there are still challenges involved with this type of work.
The capacity at the computer crime section of the Oslo police, whose assistance is often essential when analyzing seized mobile phones and computers, is still at a critical low level, according to sources Aftenposten has been in contact with. In the most severe cases Kripos has to lend a helping hand, but that is the exception.