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Norwegian media's focus on skin color in rape cases is outrageous, says Oslo City Council leader Erling Lae.


[stigmatization] Oslo City Councilor Erling Lae (H) has in recent weeks been strongly involved in the rape debate. In Ny Tid last week, the organization Men Against Violence (MMV) launched a proposal to publish the names of all convicted rapists. Lae does not support the proposal, but believes that such a publication would have helped to correct the media's focus on perpetrators with a foreign background.

- The media's presentation is outrageous, Lae believes. Statistics Norway (SSB) has previously criticized the Oslo Police's rape statistics. Statistics Norway's most relevant statistics show that almost nine out of ten who are convicted of sexual crimes, including rape, have a Norwegian background.

Herdis Magerøy at Dixi rape center thinks the proposal from MMV is interesting.

- I am sure that publication will have a particularly preventive effect, she says, but believes that other proposals must be tried out first. – More rapes must be reported and the reports must come earlier. And the police should set up an outpatient team of rape investigators,

says Magerøy. Erling Lae recently issued a demand that 200 vacant police positions in Oslo be occupied so that rape cases can be prioritized.

He also believes that the government must take responsibility for the serious situation. At the same time, the media has a responsibility to show the whole.

- But this responsibility does not take Norwegian media, says Lae.

- Do newspapers contribute to racism?

- The media generalizes and contributes to a group thinking that is reflected in racism, Lae answers.

Justice Minister Knut Storberget says that the legal security aspect contradicts the proposal from MMV, and has no further comment.

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