Justice System Fails Young Victims

There are considerable differences on how police in different counties deal with reported sex crimes against children and the difference is also stark when it comes to what evidence is required for a case to go to trial, according to Swedish Radio News.  

A new report from the Office of the Public Prosecutor also shows that young victims of sexual crimes are treated unfairly in comparison to adult victims.

Between June 2009 and May 2010 about 1.200 cases of sex crimes against persons under the age of 15 were reported to police, but only one third of the cases went all the way to trial. In Karlskrona, in southern Sweden and Luleå in the north, only five percent of the reported cases lead to a trial compared to 79 percent in Eskilstuna a few hours south of Stockholm.

The authorities have now demanded that ten county prosecutor offices submit reports with suggested provisions to ensure that more cases are heard in court. The Office of the Public Prosecutor has also initiated a project to raise the quality of the criminal investigations across the country.

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