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Law fails to protect internet victims

Net bullying under the legal radar

Published måndag 20 augusti 2012 kl 13.07

Reported cases of bullying are up 16 percent so far this year compared to last, according to figures from the Council for Crime Prevention (Brå). The Data Inspection Board wants to fine internet bullies, but the government has yet to allow it.

The number of reported cases of bullying has doubled since 2002, but only about three percent of the cases lead to prosecution, Swedish Radio News reports.

"The legislation is very complex," says Karin Dahlström, a doctor in legal sociology at Lund University. "It has not been adapted to today's internet reality."

Sofia Nordqvist was bullied on the internet for several years.

"They wrote that I was ugly and gross, that I was worthless and a dirty whore. They were brutal things. It was like being abused but on the inside," she told Swedish Radio News.

The Data Inspection Board proposed in December to fine internet bullies, but the government has yet to respond.

Criticised anti-bullying campaigns face restart

With school starting this week, anti-bullying campaigns are also facing a restart after criticism from the government last year.

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