Named the European country with the most rape cases by the UN, Sweden is less than the perfect free healthcare paradise people think it is. In fact, a quick glance into the reaction of some Swedes to this news reveals a truly faceted and more grotesque view of what the country’s really like.
Remember: this is also the place where an ultranationalist party with roots in neo-Nazism is now the country’s third largest party.
In what seems like an innocent Google search at first led me to something a little nastier. One of the top results for “sweden rape” is a site called Gatestone Institute. Innocent enough, right? It even starts out seeming pretty neutral, well, if it weren’t for the fact that it starts out with statistics heavily hinting towards xenophobic beliefs.
Less of a “hint” and more of a punch in the face, really.
Here’s what Google results reveal about what people think about Sweden’s title as Rape capitol of the world:
1. Immigrants! !!! !
Turning the search into, “why does Sweden have a rape problem” leads to site, upon site…upon site that all claim the problem lies with immigrants. More specifically, everyone (once again) wants to blame Muslims. One of the sites even claims that “It’s free game for Muslim men to assault women in Sweden…” and that the country continues to bring ” in more rapists by the thousands each year.”
2. Muslims hate women!!!! THEIR BOOK SAYS SO!!! !
Listed under a subsection title that made be snort (Denigration of ethnic groups), Gatestone says that Michael Hess “encouraged Swedish journalists to get acquainted with Islam’s view of women” in relation to Tahrir Square. Instead of actually doing that, he said, “When will you journalists realize that it is deeply rooted in Islam’s culture to rape and brutalize women who refuse to comply with Islamic teachings. There is a strong connection between rapes in Sweden and the number of immigrants from MENA-countries [Middle East and North Africa].”
While he was, in fact, punished and given a suspended jail sentence–people still listen to him. This is proof. The fact that other sites out there are citing this Gatestone article have to show for something. This non-Muslim, White Swedish guy literally tried to pull out sharia law during his trial to somehow prove that he wasn’t being a huge, gigantic racist. And still proceeded to be racist.
3. GANG RAPE. GANGS OF VIOLENT AFGHAN MEN WILL RAPE YOU IF YOU’RE A NICE, SWEET SWEDISH WOMAN.
The link Gatestone procures for the actual real life incident is broken, so I took to googling it and all the results come up on Anti-Muslim websites. Literally, it’s in the name. While such horrific crimes occur, no doubt, it’s a huge insult to pin it on “the immigrants!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Do the people pulling these statistics ever stop and think, “Maybe there’s just a majority immigrants in this country? And maybe that’s why they dominate statistics? Maybe people are still racist and something else is happening here? Could there be foul play?” The one non-racist Google result I came up with explains that:
- The Swedish police record each instance of sexual violence in every case separately, leading to an inflated number of cases compared to other countries.
- Besides, Sweden also has a comparatively wide definition of rape. This means that more sexual crimes are registered as rape than in most other countries.
I guess insight is too much to hope for.