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Sex cases likely to double since last year
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Sex cases likely to double since last year

The Local · 22 Aug 2016, 20:34

Published: 22 Aug 2016 20:34 GMT+02:00

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So far, 886 criminal charges until the end of July have been counted by prosecutors, while last year saw 1,097 cases over the whole year.

Also the amount of prosecutions in which people were charged is set to reach record highs. Last year saw a number of 246 prosecutions in Austria, while this year already up to the end of May 242 indictments were counted.

Austrian newspapers reported that the increase in sexual offenses can mostly be attributed to an increase in public awareness after the New Year’s sex attacks in Cologne.

Also Austria has seen a number of high-profile sex attacks, with many of them attributed to migrants, among which was a girl who was gang-raped by nine Iraqi migrants.

President of the court of the Favoriten district in Vienna Robert Schrott stated that an increase in criminal charges has inevitably led to more work for the courts.

He said: "There has been much reported about sex attacks, an increase in criminal charges goes hand-in-hand with that."

It is unclear if a new sexual harassment law that came into effect on the first of January and broadened the sexual sphere and further offered extra protection to women could be attributed to the rise as well.

So far 67 criminal complaints under the new law have led to 14 prosecutions by mid-year.

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The Austrian Ministry of Justice has said it will only evaluate the new law at the end of 2018.

Story courtesy of Central European News

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