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Five rapes in Lisbon in one week highlights rise in crime

in Regional · 06-09-2018 09:52:00 · 0 Comments

Five rapes have been reported in Lisbon in the space of a week, highlighting what figures show to be the violent crime with biggest growth in Portugal, as the number of perpetrators undergoing enforced treatment are also on the up.

Five rapes in Lisbon in one week highlights rise in crime

Between 25 August and 1 September, five rapes were reported in the Lisbon area, in Queluz, Cacém, Sacavém, Cais do Sodré, and on Avenida da Liberdade.
Online newspaper Diário de Notícias (DN) claims rape is the violent crime in Portugal that has registered the most growth, and the number of sex attackers undergoing enforced treatments is rising.
The last case occurred last Thursday night when a young woman was raped at a bus stop in Sacavém.
Since 25 August, DN reports, five cases of sexual crimes have come to light, all in the Lisbon area but in different spots and involving perpetrators of different descriptions.
Two of the cases, which occurred in central Lisbon, involved tourists; a 22-year-old woman was reportedly raped at a nightclub in Cais do Sodré, and in an unrelated incident, a 28-year-old claimed to have been raped at a hotel on Avenida da Liberdade.
The suspected perpetrator in the hotel case is said to be a foreigner. Both perpetrators have since been arrested by police.
Despite violent crime as a whole being lower in Portugal, crimes of a sexual nature are bucking the trend and are on the rise. According to the latest RASI Annual Internal Security Report, last year sex crimes rose by 21.8 percent and broke the 400 cases barrier.
Authorities believe the recent spate of attacks was committed by different perpetrators as some arrests have been made, although, according to DN, there are similarities in the cases that occurred along the Sintra rail line, in Queluz, as they both happened in proximity to railway stations.
Rape was the crime that most rose in Portugal last year, according to the RASI report. Overall, 408 crimes were reported, up 73 on 2016 and the highest number registered since 2010.
Furthermore, rape makes up 18.7 percent of all sexual crimes reported.
The report further shows that the overwhelming majority of defendants are male (99.2 percent), while the vast majority of victims are female (90.7 percent).

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