Half of the reported sexual offenses in Oslo are dropped

Violence abusePhoto: Sara Johannessen Meek / NTB

Since 2016, investigated sexual offenses in Oslo have increased by 68.8%. However, the clearance rate is below 50%.

The half-year report from the Oslo Police District shows that the increase in sexual offenses has continued in 2021, especially when it comes to rape reports, according to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

The number of rape reports has increased by 55%, 83% if you include attempted rape, compared to last year. The clearance rate has been below 50% for the past four years, except in 2018.

Ann Kristin Grosberghaugen, a leader at the section for sexual offenses in the Oslo Police District, says that merging several police districts and an increase in internet abuse may be the reason for the increase, along with more openness about sexual abuse, which can lead to more reports.

“As is well known, there is a very large percentage of dismissals in rape cases. It’s not about us not believing in the offended,” she said.

General Manager Rannveig K. Andresen at Dixi Resource Center in Oslo believes that the police must prioritize differently.

“You need more resources when you get more reports, and then you also have to make sure that you have more people who can investigate the cases concerning rape,” Andresen said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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