Psychologist Ólafur Örn Bragason, who specializes in forensic psychology, states that acts of violence against alleged perpetrators in sex offense cases may prevent victims from coming forward with their experiences.Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Ólafur told RÚV that the discussions of such cases, sparked by coverage of the confessions of a pedophile and interviews with his victims on television last month, have thus far been very emotional but now it is time to seek solutions.
“Even though [the victims] want the persons in question to stop the abuse, they may not want to cause them any harm,” Ólafur stated, explaining that in many cases the victim is a child and the perpetrator a member of the family.
This was confirmed by Thelma Ásdísardóttir, project manager of Drekaslóð, a service center for victims of sexual abuse, in an interview on Morgunútvarpið radio program on Rás 2 on Tuesday.
“As in my case, it was my father who was the main perpetrator and I cared for him. I didn’t want anything to happen to him. So if … someone had wanted to attack him or hurt him, I’m not sure I would have opened my heart as I did at the time,” Thelma said.
There have been a number of incidents recently where suspected cases of sex offenses motivated acts of violence.
Click here to read more about two of these cases.