Rape convictions rise two thirds in 10 years
1 July 2005, BRUSSELS — Dendermonde Court sentenced a 33-year-old man to seven years jail for the rape and sexual abuse of three girls on Thursday in what is an increasingly familiar ruling in Belgian courts.
1 July 2005
BRUSSELS — Dendermonde Court sentenced a 33-year-old man to seven years jail for the rape and sexual abuse of three girls on Thursday in what is an increasingly familiar ruling in Belgian courts.
The man — who raped two 14-year-old girls and a 19-year-old woman — will also be kept under close surveillance for 10 years after his release. He had previously been convicted of sex crimes in 1998 and 2000.
And earlier this week, Charleroi Court convicted and jailed a 41-year-old man for seven years for the rape of a pregnant woman, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Friday.
In Brussels, a 36-year-old rapist was jailed for 40 months for two rapes and five African youths were sentenced to jail terms ranging between two years and 30 months for gang rape.
The number of rulings Belgian courts are handing down against rapists has increased by 64 percent in the past decade.
Some 284 culprits were convicted in 1993, compared with 467 in 2003. Peaks were recorded in 1997 and 1998 when 481 and 479 rapists were convicted respectively.
The sexual abuse of children younger than 14 years is especially frequent. Of the 467 rapists convicted in 2003, the last year in which statistics were recorded, 183 culprits had attacked children aged under 14.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news