Austrians guilty of majority of sex offences in Austria

Nearly 80 percent of people found guilty of sex offences in Austria last year were Austrian, figures from the government’s annual security report have shown.

Austrians guilty of majority of sex offences in Austria
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In total, there were 986 sentences handed down due to sex-related offences, including those related to pornography offences, sexual abuse and rape.

Of these, 782 offences (79.3%) were carried out by Austrian citizens, according to the government data.

The remaining 20.7% were carried out by citizens of other countries, including 89 (9%) offences by EU citizens, 32 (3.2%) by citizens of former Yugoslavian countries, and 31 (3.1%) by Turkish offenders.

Offences carried out by citizens of Afghanistan and Nigeria made up 1.3% and 0.7% respectively of the total number, with the remaining sentences handed out to citizens of ‘other nationalities’.

The vast majority of offences related to pornography involving minors, which accounted for 208 of the total offences.

The statistics follow several high profile cases of sexual attacks in Austria carried out by asylum seekers, leading to calls for security in swimming pools and in some cases bans on refugees from entering pools.

A case at the end of last year whereby a ten-year-old was raped in a swimming pool toilets in Theresienbad in Vienna led to discussions between city officials and police on improving security.

Training was provided by authorities to employees of swimming pools before the summer season began on how to recognise sexual violence and prevent it from happening. 

A few weeks ago, the false claim by a 13-year-old girl that she was attacked by a ‘foreigner’ in a swimming pool in Mistelbach led to the manager temporarily banning all refugees from entering the premises.

It emerged a few days later, however, that the teenager had made up the attack.