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Girl gang charged for brutal assault

Two 16-year-old girls have been charged for the assault and mistreatment of a 14-year-old girl in Sandviken last autumn. Six other girls involved in the incident are below criminal age and will not face charges.

For several hours the 14-year was held against her will at several locations in the eastern town. The girls are reported to have smacked her in the face, punched her in the arms, spat at her, called her a whore and threatened to hand her over to a paedophile.

The girls also threatened to kick her teeth in, gouge her eyes out and kill her, Arbetarbladet reports.

The 14-year-old told police that she had tried to make eye contact with a number of passers-by but nobody intervened. She also saw several people watching the events from behind the windows of their homes.

The terror finally came to an end after she was pushed into an alleyway, where she had her head banged against a wall and was forced to take off her skirt. A group of youths witnessed the scene and came to the girl’s aid.

According to police, the incident occurred after the 14-year-old had sex with the 17-year-old boyfriend of one of the girls.

The gang wanted her to retract her claim that the boy had forced her to have sex with him.

POLITICS

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.

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