Half of sexual abuse cases are dismissed

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10 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Public prosecution offices receive 20 complaints of sexual abuse each day, but 45 percent of cases are dismissed. Police and public prosecution authorities received 35,443 complaints of sexual abuse between 2000 and 2004. The number of complaints rose 15 percent from 6,642 in 2000 to 7,667 in 2004. There were 15,367 reported rapes, followed by 14,418 cases of indecent assault. Most of the crimes are reported in Brussels, Liège and Antwerp. But the Justice Ministry has reveale

10 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Public prosecution offices receive 20 complaints of sexual abuse each day, but 45 percent of cases are dismissed.
 
Police and public prosecution authorities received 35,443 complaints of sexual abuse between 2000 and 2004. The number of complaints rose 15 percent from 6,642 in 2000 to 7,667 in 2004.
 
There were 15,367 reported rapes, followed by 14,418 cases of indecent assault. Most of the crimes are reported in Brussels, Liège and Antwerp.
 
But the Justice Ministry has revealed that 45.9 percent of cases are dropped, newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' reported on Friday.

However, Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx could not answer a question from left-wing Spirit MP Annelies Storms that 90 percent of cases involving sexual abuse of youths are dropped because the ministry's computer system cannot register underage victims.

Crimes of paedophilia and incest are less common than other sex crimes — accounting for 5 and 1.39 percent of cases — but authorities say the number of reported cases are the tip of the iceberg.

Meanwhile, a survey has also indicated that sexual aggression is the most influential factor in the safety fears of women.

The King Boudewijn Foundation surveyed the public at 34 locations about their feelings of safety.

Foundation chairman Alex Reyn said women are extremely frightened about sexual aggression. He said women often discuss it among themselves and with their children.

"Almost 10 years after the crimes, Marc Dutroux is still not forgotten," Reyn said.

The foundation survey also said women believe rape is a "disgusting crime" that is not punished severely enough.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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