February 17, 2021
See the presentation by Stina Holmberg, researcher and co-author of the review of the changes in 2018 to the legal rules concerning rape.
Stina Holmberg, researcher at The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, gave the presentation at the 2021 Research Seminar arranged by the Nordic Research Council for Criminology.
On 1 July 2018, changes were made to the legislation concerning rape, meaning that the law is now based upon the absence of consent instead of the occurrence of violence, threats or a particularly vulnerable situation. The new law was welcomed by many people as constituting an important societal signal, but there were also concerns (particularly from lawyers) that it would be difficult to apply.