Continuing the trend of past years, the number of registered crimes in the Netherlands dropped in 2018. The police registered a total of 766,638 crimes, a decrease of 6.1 percent compared to 2017. However, the police note that the decrease is slowing down. "The decline seems to have come to an end in the last six months", the police said.
PvdA alderman Jeroen Brandes of Amstelveen resigned on Friday after it was revealed that he sent sexual messages to a 16-year-old girl, Amstelveen mayor Bas Eenhoorn said in a letter sent to the town council on Tuesday, Het Parool reports.
Brandes, 48, resigned due to "compelling personal reasons" on Friday - just two days after being re-elected to the Amstelveen town council. Now the letter from mayor Eenhoorn reveals that it was because of messages Brandes sent to a now adult young woman who was 16 at the time.
A 29-year-old woman from Raalte received dozens of sexual messages and photos from a CDA city councilor in the Overijssel town. The councilor in question, Robert Vloedgraven, decided to withdraw as candidate councilor for the CDA in Raalte, he announced on Wednesday, De Stentor reports.
"Pictures of himself and also of his genitals, messages asking whether I'm shaved below and that I have big breasts. That kind of messages", the woman said to RTV Oost on Tuesday. She did not like the sexting, but found it hard to say no due to an anxiety disorder, she said.
One of the girls involved in spreading a nude photo of a teenage Enschede boy in February, resulting in his suicide, has been missing for two weeks. The 15-year-old girl disappeared from the Intermetzo institution in Eefde on October 13th. The police put her on the missing person list on Saturday, AD reports.
Most teen girls in the Netherlands who sent a nude selfie to a boyfriend don't regret doing so, despite the risk that the photos will be shared with others, according to a study by website Girlscene.nl. The site surveyed 3 thousand Dutch teenage girls, a quarter of whom indicated that they've sent an nude photo of themselves to someone, AD reports.
A high school in Apeldoorn called in the police after realizing the sexual images of students are circulating in the school. The case came to light when the parents of one of the victimized students notified the school, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The school is working with the police to find out who received the images and who is spreading them, the rector of the school community KSG said to the broadcasters.
Two thirds of Dutch 9 to 12 year olds are regularly confronted with graphic, sexual images online, according to research by Rutgers knowledge institute and broadcaster NOS. A quarter of these pre-teens regularly see images and footage of real sex. Rutgers director Ton Coenen calls for schools and parents to pay more attention to sexual education.
A 15-year-old girl believed to have posted a nude photo of Enschede teen Onur Cucu online, is now facing an online smear campaign against herself. Onur committed suicide on Sunday after discovering the photo. Numerous people is holding the girl responsible for his death, AD reports.
The Bonhoeffer College in Enschede opened its doors on Tuesday, in the middle of spring break, for a few hours to give students the chance to talk about their 15-year-old classmate Onur committing suicide after finding a nude photo of himself online. The school leaders spoke to the teens before they broke up in groups to share their emotions in the presence of Victim support employees and district coaches, the Telegraaf reports.
One in 15 Dutch teens (6.4 percent) sent a sexual photo to someone else on social media at least once, according to a survey by Bureau Jeugd & Media among a thousand kids aged between 12 and 17 years, NOS reports.
Sexting, sharing sexually explicit photos via social media, is especially popular among 16 and 17 year olds, the survey found. In this age group 14.5 percent have sent a sexual photo at least once. 40 percent said that they've received requests for naked photos of themes elves. Teens send these photos to their friends, but often also to people they only know online.
Three teenage boys will be prosecuted for their involvement in a sexting case involving dozens of sexually explicit photos of underage girls attending Tilburg schools being spread on social media without the girls' consent. The suspects are a 16-year-old boy from Tilburg, a 17-year-old from Waalwijk and a 17-year-old living in Belgium, AD reports.
Ger Lindeman resigned as PvdA alderman in Hoogezand because he was being blackmailed with sexually explicit texts with a 14-year-old girl. He calls it a "stupid mistake"
Men in the Netherlands are increasingly blackmailed after online sexting or webcam sex, according to figure from national aid organization Helpwanted. In the first half of this year, the organization received 440 such reports. In all of last year, there were only 370 such cases
The Dutch police team investigating the Instagram sexting case in Tilburg high schools, requested the help of American investigation service FBI. Among other things, the FBI can retrieve personal information from Instagram, something the Dutch police can not do
The police arrested six teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 years old in Dordrecht on Friday on suspicion of spreading child pornography. The six teenagers are also suspected of threats, violent robbery and abuse, the police announced on Facebook.
The nude photos of underage Tilburg school students circulating on Instagram, reached the attention of the city council. The biggest party in the city D66 posed questions about the matter to the council on Sunday
The National Center for Psychological Trauma at UMC Utrecht has to deal with more and more young people who need treatment for mental health problems caused by being blackmailed with nude photos sent during sexting.
Geurt Visser, an alderman in Den Helder, has been dismissed for sending sexually explicit messages to female colleagues. He was voted out by 18 of the 29 council members during a specially arranged council meeting on Monday night, NOS reports.
While the "classic" form of in-person sexual offenses is slowly decreasing, sex crimes on the internet is on the rise, according to the police.
One in five Brabant teenagers has taken part in sexting - sending a nude picture of themselves via social media. According to the Tilburg foundation Kompaan and De Bocht, the number is worryingly high, especially since those pictures can haunt a youth for years.
Parents of children at the Strabrecht College in Geldrop and the Plus X-College in Bladel have tipped the school heads off about films circulating at the schools in which underage girls perform sexually explicit acts, Omroep Brabant reports.
Online sexual behavior is in contrary to what the media suggests not very common. It is also a specific group of people who engages in ‘sexting’.