Saturday, 28 April 2012

Rapes broken down by ethnicity and religion

I never thought about this until I read by chance on the net that all rapes committed in the first three months of this year in Oslo were committed by Muslims. I did not know if this were true but it seemed odd that we have so many statistics about race and religion these days but not in reference to crime. 

I found these figures from 2010 which come from the BBC:
Muslims represent 12.6 per cent of the total jail population in England and Wales, compared with a proportion of about 3 per cent of the general population. One reason for this over-representation is because about half the country’s Muslim community is under 25 and criminal behaviour is at its highest among the under 30s.

I wonder what the figures are for rapists.

I investigated further (how wonderful the internet is if one knows how to skim). Further research on the net turns up this about the Oslo rapes on the Islamophobia Watch site:

The claim that "all rapists in Oslo are immigrants" is based exclusively on the figures for "assault rape", i.e. rape aggravated by physical violence, a category that included only 6 of the 152 cases and 5 of the 131 identified individuals. All of those 5 individuals were indeed of African, Middle Eastern or Asian origin. However, the police report adds that in other cases of assault rape, where the individual responsible was not identified and the police relied on the description provided by the victim, "8 of the perpetrators were African / dark-skinned appearance, 5 were Western / light / Nordic and 4 had an Asian appearance".
Which falls some way short of substantiating the claim that all perpetrators of aggravated rape in Oslo are of non-western origin, never mind the assertion that "Muslim immigrants" are responsible for all rapes in the city.
The police report also points out that "it must be stressed that the strong over-representation of people from minority backgrounds for several types of rape can not be interpreted as meaning that foreign culture is a causal explanation of rape" and that "the statistical difference in criminal behaviour between ethnic groups disappears when controlling for socio-economic conditions". It concludes: "Gross generalisations that have given the impression that the rapists are only foreigners – and largely Muslim – prove inadequate and erroneous."

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