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Sexual Violence In Sweden

There are great expectations that as societies become more educated, deal with issues of poverty and develop school systems that can educate children for peace, the results would be manifested in the decline of certain crimes such as rape and sexual violence. However, even in a peaceful society such as Sweden which has not been engaged in large scale wars for over a century, the problem of sexual violence remains part of normal life.

A recent study of 2,000 Swedish girls and 1,000 boys revealed that one in three Swedish girls reported examples of harassment, threats and violence in the course of a single year. At least six percent were raped and their dignity as a human abused. Helena Blom, who helped develop the study noted: “girls are more exposed to sexual violence while boys are more exposed to physical violence.”

There is something sad about such studies in the year, 2009 when taken in nations that allegedly are peaceful in nature.

Australian Muslim Leaders Charged With Condoning Rape

A report by the Islamic Women’s Council of Victoria in Australia, says some imams perform polygamous marriages and apply sharia law when it benefits men but not when it benefits the rights of women. The report was rejected by the Victorian Board of Imams, but the Islamic women’s group charged some imams told women seeking divorce they must leave with “only the clothes on their back” and not seek support or a share of property because they can get welfare payments. The report was commissioned and funded by he prior government of prime minister John Howard. The report is based on extensive interviews with police, lawyers, court workers, and academics as well as discussions with the Victorian Board of Imams.

The report apparently is based on extensive discussions with key people in the Muslim world of Victoria and can not be lightly dismissed as coming from a group of women who wish to make trouble. The study claims polygamy is increasing among Muslims as well as more underage marriages. The Board of Imams denies all allegations.