Alarming Increase in Reported Gang Rapes in Iceland

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Alarming Increase in Reported Gang Rapes in Iceland

A total of 23 women and one man reported cases of gang rape to Stígamót Education and Counseling Center for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Violence last year. According to the organization’s spokesperson, Guðrún Jónsdóttir, this is a new and disturbing record. The number of perpetrators in each case varied from two to four.

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Photo: Páll Stefansson/Iceland Review.

Stígamót has also raised concerns about record cases of the use of date rape drugs in Iceland, 22 in 2012, ruv.is reports.

A total of 288 cases of sexual violence were reported to Stígamót last year, the second highest number since 1995, as stated in the organization’s annual report published on Wednesday.

At the same time, a total of 664 people sought assistance from Stígamót in 2012, 12 percent more than in 2011.

Other reasons for seeking assistance included pornography and strip dancing, for which 12 women contacted Stígamót last year. 

ZR