Indicators of trends in sexual offences 2005–2017

English summary of Brå report 2019:5

The number of sexual offences reported to the police has increased steadily over the past few decades. In recent years, there has also been an increase in self-reported exposure to sexual offences according to the Swedish Crime Survey (SCS).

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The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) was therefore instructed by the Government to examine the reasons for the increases witnessed since 2005. On the basis of data on both self-reported exposure to crime and offences reported to the police, Brå has also been instructed to examine whether the increases relate to specific types of sexual offences, modus operandi, situations or victims and also, to the extent that it is possible, to examine the group of perpetrators. Brå has also been asked to estimate, as far as possible, the actual trend in sexual offences and how the trend in self-reported exposure may be related to both offences reported to the police and actual crime trends.

© The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, 2019


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