The Netherlands is implementing stricter laws around sex crimes, according to a new legislative proposal Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security announced. Under the new law you can be punished both if you know the other person did not want to have sex, and if you could have known that. When in doubt, the person initiating sexual acts has the duty to ask whether the other person is okay with what is happening, under the new law, NOS reports.
The total number of crimes registered by the Dutch police in 2018 decreased by 6 percent compared to the year before, Statistics Netherlands reports. The number of sex crimes, however, is on the rise.
The police registered almost 9 thousand sexual offenses like rape, sexual harassment or -assault last year, compared to 8,400 in 2017. The number of rape reports increased from 1,200 in 2014 to 1,900 last year. And the number of sexual assault reports increased from 1,700 in 2015 to 2,400 last year.
The Justice and Security Inspectorate is launching an investigation into how the police and Public Prosecution Service treat victims of sexual offenses. The Inspectorate will approach 80 victims of rape and sexual assault and hopes to speak to at least 55 of them about how the authorities treated them while handling their cases, NOS reports.
Hundreds of women accused Brazilian spiritual healer and medium João Teixeira de Faria of sexual abuse and rape. Prosecutors in Brazil have now received over 200 hundred declarations against the 76-year-old man. Dutch choreographer Zahira Lieneke Mous was the first to come out and speak against the man, AD reports.
A ghost tour in Best was cut short on Saturday evening after four underage girls were grabbed and molested by three adult men, the Oost-Brabant police confirmed to newspaper AD.
The victims, aged 12 to 17 years, were dressed in costumes and stood at the canal with another girl and two adults to frighten participants during the tour. At around 9:00 p.m. three men, aged around 25 years, came up to the group and grabbed the older girls' breasts and buttocks. The younger girls were also grabbed.
The municipality of Tilburg closed swimming pool Stappegoor early on Saturday after a large Halloween party got out of hand. There were multiple incidents between groups of teenagers and children, including four young girls being harassed by older boys. Staff took the girls out of the pool and to a safe place, the municipality said to Omroep Brabant.
An 18-year-old man suspected of violently raping an Indonesian student in Rotterdam in July, is also suspected of assaulting another woman that same day. According to the Public Prosecutor, Gerson F. grabbed the as-yet-unidentified victim from behind, put a hand over her mouth and groped her buttocks, RTL Nieuws reports.
Whether the violent rape or the sexual assault happened first, is not yet clear. F. is also suspected of committing multiple thefts in the weeks before the rape and assault.
On Thursday the police arrested a man suspected of grabbing a woman's breast on President Kennedylaan in Amsterdam on September 10th. The 26-year-old victim managed to record a video of her attacker, and the man turned himself in after the police threatened to make the video public.
The social security at the Ministry of Defense is inadequate, concluded a committee that investigated the barracks in Schaarsbergen after soldiers who were stationed there reported being abused and sexually assaulted. Because of the closed culture at the Ministry, people are not easily inclined to report such abuses, the researchers said, NU.nl reports.
The Public Prosecution Service will prosecute five former soldiers of the Airmobile Brigade at the Oranje barracks in Schaarsbergen for sexually abusing, harassing and humiliating three of their colleagues, the Telegraaf reports.
The Prosecutor refused to confirm this to NOS, because not all those involved have been informed yet.
The police are looking for witnesses to a serious sex crime that happened in the vicinity of Hertzorgstraat and Heemstraat between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. A 33-year-old woman was forced into a van, held captive and sexually assaulted.
At around 6:00 a.m. on Sunday the police received a report of a woman walking on Ostadestraat and asking bystanders for help. Officers found the woman on the street. She told them that she had been the victim of a sex crime committed by two men.
Hundreds of people participated in a silent march through Rotterdam on Tuesday. The march was a protest against sexual harassment and violence, and to show support for a young woman who was brutally raped in the city. They carried signs with texts like "No means no", "We are not objects", "Our rights are not up for grabs, neither are we", and "Private property, consent mandatory".
Hikers caught a 61-year-old handball coach from Baarlo, Limburg sexually assaulting a mentally-impaired 16-year-old girl in a forest. The man has been arrested, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws.
The man in question is municipal official Sjaak S., who also teaches handball and judo to children with mental disabilities, according to the Telegraaf. The girl with whom he was caught in the forest is a member of the handball club where S. coaches.
A woman was attacked by a man in Wolfsweide park in Rijen on Wednesday night. The police are looking for witnesses of this "serious sex crime", the police said in a statement.
What happened, was not revealed.
Investigators would like to talk to anyone who noticed anything strange in or around the park between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. People who were in the park are explicitly asked to contact the police.
A 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted on a train between Tilburg and Breda on Monday evening. A 21-year-old man from Roosendaal was arrested, the police said in a statement.
The woman was on the train around 6:50 p.m. on Monday. The man started talking to her, and suddenly started groping at her, she said to the police.
The victim reported wat happened to the conductor. Security guards took the man off the train at the station on Gravinnen van Nassauboulevard in Breda, where the police arrested him.
The suspect is in custody for investigation.
The police found a man wanted for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on a train between Coevorden and Emmen in February. It turns out the man was already in custody, AD reports.
Earlier this week the police released photos of the man, asking the public to help track him down. But he was already in custody in the center of the country. "We would never have released the images if we had known that", police spokesperson Paul Heidanus said to Dagblad van het Noorden.
A 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on a train from Emmen to Coevorden on February 5th. The police released photos of the suspect in the hopes that information from the public can help track him down, AD reports.
The train departed from Emmen at 5:38 p.m. on Monday, February 5th. The girl was sitting in a compartment with several other people when a man came to sit next to her. He tried to kiss her and groped at her, also grabbing her crotch.
Many of the promotion girls Heineken uses in African countries to stimulate the sale of the Dutch beer, are faced with sexual harassment during their work, according to Olivier van Beemen, who investigated the situation these young women face and wrote a book about it.
In an article in NRC, Van Beemen writes that many Heineken promotion girls have to deal with sexual harassment or assault, have to go to bed with managers, and prostitute themselves to clients. Heineken has known about this problem for 15 years, but does little about it, he said.
A GroenLinks employee was fired for sexually assaulting a trainee. The employee tried to grope and kiss the trainee multiple times, GroenLinks announced after a court ruled that the dismissal was justified, ANP reports.
The party first gave the employee an official warning, ordered him to talk to a health a safety officer, go into therapy and apologize to the victim. Until all those requirements were met, he was not allowed to return to the faction. But shortly thereafter it was decided that this was not enough.
In 2012 the Jewish Cheider School in Amsterdam waited three months to report that teacher Ephraim S. is suspected of sexually assaulting students, and only did so under pressure from then Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt of Education, the Telegraaf reports based on internal documents from the school and conversations with former teachers.
At least six cases of sexual abuse with child victims were found at Plan International. No Dutch people were involved in the abuse, but the Netherlands branch of the children's charity is taking extra measures to prevent it from happening, RTL Nieuws reports.
Last year aid organization Doctors Without Borders handled 24 cases of employees being involved in sexual harassment or abuse, seven of which fell under the responsibility of the Dutch division of the charity. Twenty of these aid workers were dismissed, including five that fall under the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.
Sexual abuse is sports is a common and far reaching problem in the Netherlands, according to an investigation by a committee led by Klaas de Vries. Twelve percent of athletes experienced sexual transgressive behavior in their sports club as a child, Four percent faced sexual assault or rape, NOS reports.
A 14-year-old boy was convicted and sentenced to one year in a youth detention facility for his role in the death of Romy Nieuwburg, a girl his age from Hoevelaken. The teen boy was also ordered to spend mandatory time in a psychiatric facility, which can be extended to a maximum of seven years.
The sentence is the harshest available for the conviction of a suspect under 16 years of age. It is equivalent to what the prosecutor in the case sought against the Lunteren boy.