• Denmark's news in English
 
app_header_v3
'Hundreds' of rapes 'hidden' by Danish police
Photo: Per Olesen/Flickr

'Hundreds' of rapes 'hidden' by Danish police

The Local · 28 Jan 2016, 10:52

Published: 28 Jan 2016 10:52 GMT+01:00

Denmark recorded an average of 395 rape cases every year up to 2014. But an investigation by the Ministry of Justice has revealed the actual number to be closer to 1,100 annually, Metroxpress reported on Thursday.

The majority of the ‘missing’ reports were hidden in police statistics by giving them investigation numbers that did not classify them as rape cases. A number of police departments confirmed to Metroxpress that this was standard practice in cases where there was doubt as to whether a rape had actually occurred.

Though this practice was discontinued in November 2015, an unknown number of rape cases has failed to be recorded in official statistics.

Hanne Baden Nielsen, director of the Center for Sexual Assault (Center for Seksuel Overgreb), called the situation "astonishing".

“It is a huge number, but it doesn’t surprise me that that the actual number is higher than the official one,” she told Metroxpress.

Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) MP Pernille Skipper said she wasn't surprised by the revelation either. 

“Unfortunately, this reflects what we are hearing from women that tell us that the police are sending them home,” she told Metroxpress.

Justice Minister Søren Pind said that a new practice will be implemented in order to improve the accuracy of statistics, but denied that the real figures had been concealed intentionally.

Story continues below…

“We are bringing in a monitoring of this area. If any case is suspended, reasons must be given, so now we will get a useful statistic. We are going to make a real effort in this area,” Pind told Metroxpress.

“But I don’t think anyone in the system actually wanted to hide these things,” the minister added.

For more news from Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Today's headlines
Cage eggs soon to be a thing of the past in Denmark
Cage eggs are laid by hens that never see the light of day. Photo: Vi Ælsker Æg

Denmark’s largest retail company will stop selling eggs laid by cage chickens.

Roskilde Festival 2016
The Local's not-quite-live Roskilde 2016 blog
The Sunday night party at Ghettoblaster. Photo: Bobby Anwar

We'll be on hand all week as a field in Roskilde is temporarily turned in to the fourth largest city in Denmark.

Brexit gives Danes new record cheap home loans
Photo: Mathias Løvgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

With Brexit having created instability on the global financial markets, there has never been a better time to take out a home loan in Denmark.

Roskilde Festival 2016
Finding 'the Orange Feeling' in Roskilde's campgrounds
The camping grounds provide a good mix of planned as well and spontaneous parties. Photo: Bobby Anwar

The main music might not start until Wednesday, but for many guests the campground pre-parties are what Roskilde is all about.

Danish health agency plans for a smoke-free Denmark

Health authorities recommend higher tobacco prices, plain packaging and a national strategy for phasing out smoking.

Danes want legal cannabis, but govt vows crackdown
Police have torn down Pusher Street cannabis stalls three times since June 17th. Each time, they are rebuilt. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix

A majority of Danes support legalizing cannabis at the same time the government is preparing new hardline initatives.

Danish 'devil of death' nurse gets life for killing patients
Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Scanpix

A Danish nurse, dubbed a "devil of death" by prosecutors, was on Friday sentenced to life in prison for murdering three patients and trying to kill a fourth.

Brexit
Brits in Denmark left shocked and concerned by Brexit
British expats in Denmark were left feeling like these supporters of the 'Stronger In' campaign who watched the referendum result in London early on Friday. Photo: Rob Stothard/AFP/Scanpix

The Local spoke with a handful of British expats living in Denmark on Friday and not a single one was happy about the referendum result.

Roskilde Festival 2016
8 key questions ahead of this year’s Roskilde Festival
It's that time again! Roskilde begins on Saturday. Photo: Tobias Nicolai/Roskilde Festival

Denmark's biggest party is about to kick off – here's what we'll be keeping our eyes on as The Local once again heads to Roskilde.

Brexit
Denmark vows to defend euro peg after Brexit vote
The Danish krone has had a fixed exchange rate since 1982. Photo: Colourbox

National Bank "will do what it necessary to maintain a stable exchange rate".

Sponsored Article
VIDEO: Why Malmö is the world's 6th best city for biking
International
After Brexit, Danish PM resists calls for similar EU referendum
International
Why Denmark won't try to follow the UK out of the EU
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
National
Copenhagen police tear down Christiania cannabis market
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
International
Danish PM: Orlando shooting act of 'hatred'
Society
Sex campaigns lead to Danish baby boom
National
Don't worry Denmark, the world still loves you
Culture
Danish diversity ad a massive social media hit – have you seen it?
National
Denmark scraps green card but spares current holders
Denmark takes historic step for transgender rights
Society
Denmark takes historic step for transgender rights
Denmark to impose new 'integration' rules on kids
National
Denmark to impose new 'integration' rules on kids
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
National
Green card holders in Denmark in race against time
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
National
How Copenhagen achieved an ‘organic food revolution’
Travel
The second best destination in all of Europe is...
Sport
We are the champions! Denmark wins world badminton team title
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
National
After 100 years, British WW1 sailor identified in Denmark
Society
Strangest political story in Denmark just got stranger
International
Keeping Denmark in Europol 'maybe impossible'
Analysis & Opinion
Green card holders tell Denmark to keep its promise
National
Denmark picks F-35 in historic jet purchase
Society
Denmark to no longer define transgender as mental illness
National
Danish minister tells 'Sharia' troublemakers to 'get a job'
Culture
Danish 'martyr' exhibit reported to police
2,263
jobs available