Representatives of Stígamót, an education and counseling centre for survivors of sexual abuse and violence, have expressed concern over the startling increase in gang rapes and the use of rape drugs in Iceland, RÚV reports.
The centre’s 2012 annual report (PDF link, Icelandic only) was released yesterday and revealed that 24 victims of gang rape sought assistance from Stígamót last year, with one victim being male and the rest being female. Steinunn Gyðu- and Guðjónsdóttir, a representative of Stígamót said that this is the highest number of gang rapes to be reported in one calendar year.
Moreover 22 cases of rapes that involved rape drugs were reported last year, which is the greatest instances of such attacks the centre has addressed.
In total 288 new cases of sexual violence were brought to Stígamót in 2012. Only in 1995 were more cases brought to the centre.