sweden's rape law

Reported rape cases surged with 2005 law reform

"The law has a normative value"
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange made headlines around the world once again with his recent balcony speech at the Ecuadorian embassy in London at the weekend. But there is one thing he never mentioned - the alleged crimes he's wanted for questioning about in Sweden: sexual molestation and rape.

The case has put Swedish sex crime legislation in the spotlight, with critics claiming Swedish laws are far stricter than in other countries. However, despite a tightening of the law in 2005, conviction rates in Sweden are at the same low level as elsewhere in Europe.

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