There were over 7,000 reported rapes in Sweden in 2017 and Stina Holmberg, a senior advisor at the National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå), tells Radio Sweden that there has been a steady increase in reported rapes for a couple of years now.
Yet Holmberg also points out that Brå's report says little about the alleged perpetrators and that "it's important to understand that reported crimes is not a very reliable source of information when you want to know if rapes have increased or not".
It is unclear, Homberg says, whether rapes are becoming more common in Sweden or whether it is the inclination to report them that has increased.
Two other factors also affect rape statistics in Sweden: the broadened legal definition of rape brought in in 2005, and the way the reports are filed.
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