Sunday, March 2, 2014

Greece: Six British Women Raped on Corfu Last Summer, Actual Numbers of Rape Much Higher

According to The Daily Mail, at least six British women have been raped on Corfu this past  summer, Greek police admitted acknowledge yesterday (March 1). 

Police believe the actual number of sexual assaults and rape are probably much higher, but are influenced heavily by victims' failure to report sexually-motivated attacks. 

Sources on Corfu, which is highly popular with young adults from the UK, say the authorities have attempted to keep the statistics covered up in order to protect the island's image as a tourist destination. 

The attitude has been very different on the resort island of Rhodes, where several British women have been raped over the last year. There, the arrest and punishment of rapists has been widely publicized as a deterrent and in an effort to assure foreign women that they are safe.  

COMMENT: In some cases the alleged assailants were local men. Yet, in others they were young adults from the UK who preyed on women of their own age.

According to Corfu police chief  Colonel George Kavathias, even when police have arrested those culpable, many of the British victims refuse to testify against them. 

The six rapes occurred between the end of May and mid-August. One victim was 28, while the other five were between 18 and 21. 

In the eight years since 1994, a total of 44 British women have been victims of rape on Corfu. 

On Rhodes, the total number of British rape victims so far this year is four. Two of the assailants have been arrested and one of them, a Briton, is in jail awaiting trial. 

Two years ago a British woman was raped and murdered on Rhodes. An immigrant from Eastern Europe is now serving a life sentence for that attack.

Unfortunately, cheap alcoholic beverages and inexperience in setting boundaries on consumption contribute heavily to the greater number of sexual assaults and rapes, often because of scantily-clad victims who facilitate such crimes.

Finally, absentee parents, or those who have forgotten that they are still parents, fail to adequately educate and brief their sons and daughters on how to reduce their risk and increase their security by seeking out safety in numbers.