In the course of a few months last year, I was receiving a tidal wave of humiliation, hate, and threats, following various so-called " alternativmedier spreading misleading information on the internet. At the same time, it has been an unpleasant experience, and it has been a useful experience, as the victim have to go through the legal proceedings that followed and the threats. The conclusion I have reached is that the support for victims and witnesses in our courts needs to be improved significantly, if people are going to want and the courage to pursue the criminal proceedings, from the notice of judgment.
As a former principal, I have complied a series of trials, both as a witness and the provision of support for students. The process has led to a lot of discomfort to the victim, but the one who has threatened or assaulted both in the strengthening of his popularity in the group of friends, and the greater its våldskapital in the area.
culture of Fear grows
The culture of fear that is growing up, the young people and their parents in particular often do not dare to report or to give evidence, even in the case of offences committed by young people. You don't think it's worth the risk of threats, and being ostracized, even if you believe that the guilty should be named and shamed. This is why we need to take a number of measures to improve the support offered to victims and witnesses.
this would reduce The risk to victims and witnesses are intimidated and thus silenced.
the Identity must remain hidden until the trial. This is especially important for people in the most vulnerable situations which are considered to betray the group, if they are witnesses.
as of Today, they are forced to wait outside the courtroom at the same place, the accused and their gang. This creates an advantage for defendants with a major våldskapital, and aggressive friends.
Before the tagging of suspected abuse in a court of law, even in young people.
the Justices, in criminal cases should be in a position to the raised orally during the hearing. Today, there is a good opportunity to film the police in questioning, both directly, at the scene of the crime, but also in the subsequent interviews. By providing these recordings to a higher standard of proof in the trials, risk of threats, and pressure to decrease.
It is not uncommon for a suspect gärningspersoner with a large våldskapital by the threat or use of force, the repression of all victims and witnesses in the pending trial. By fotbojan as a threatening other in the rättprocessen to be kept under review.
In a long-term perspective, we need to carry out the work in order to create a change in attitudes, and building confidence in the police and the judicial system.
A beneficial experience
One of the court proceedings is not a happy feeling, but I, personally, have been a useful experience. The fear that gets people to refrain from being a witness or a sign is not only a problem for those directly affected, but it is, ultimately, a threat to all of us and to democracy, and the rule of law. Guilty of a serious crime, it will never be possible if more and more quiet. It is a development that we will never be able to accept the fact! < / span> < / span>
Socialborgarråd, and the leader of the Liberal party in the city.
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