Own partner 13.4%
Acquaintance through work 5.2%
Other acquaintance 12.7%
New acquaintance* 4.6%
Perpetrator foreign 6.2% Perpetrator (callers aged 10-20 years) Family member or other relative 30%
Own partner 6%
Acquaintance through work 8%
Other acquaintance 20%
New acquaintance* 12%
Perpetrator foreign 11%
*The victim and the assailant have met immediately before the incident, for example after an evening in a bar.
The helpline receives calls about c. 700 new cases each year. When the person responsible has been a foreigner, charges have been brought by the victim in 46% of cases. Where the assailant is a Finn, only 24% of victims have reported the incident to the police.
Source:The Rape Crisis Centre Tukinainen. Corresponding figures were not received from the police. The figures here are based on what the caller said, and in some cases the identity of the rapist was not specified.
Helsingin Sanomat / First published in print 20.8.2000