1. Exquisite Tweets from @Nigel_Farage, @C4Ciaran

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    Reported rapes in Sweden trebled from 2003-2010. The UN graph below says it all. But @BuzzFeedUK want to pretend there is no problem.

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    Nigel_Farage

    Nigel Farage

  2. C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    Firstly, there is no "UN graph". The graph was created by an anonymous internet user.

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    Ciaran Jenkins

    The data comes from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It comes with this crucial caveat:

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    So there's no "UN graph". But there is a UN diagram that suggests things are more complex than they seem:

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    Respectfully, saying the "UN graph says it all" does not appear to be exercising the "caution" that the source of the data advises.

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    Exercising "caution" might be to recognise that in Sweden, crimes are recorded differently.

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    As Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology, explains to Buzzfeed News:

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    But don't just take his word for it. What about the UNODC? They are after all the source of the data.

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    Ciaran Jenkins

    UNODC research provides important context for understanding sexual violence statistics around the world.

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    Why is sexual violence in Sweden so high? Why is India so low? What's the difference between Sweden and the United States of America?

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    Ciaran Jenkins

    The UNODC tells us it's not enough for rape laws to exist. We must also consider how well they're enforced.

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins

    On that point, here is a graph the UNODC did produce. They did not produce then graph you attribute to them.

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    Ciaran Jenkins

    Sweden scores 3/3 on enforcing sexual violence laws.
    Source: UNODC

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    Ciaran Jenkins

    USA scores 2/3 on enforcing sexual violence laws.
    Source: UNODC

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    Ciaran Jenkins

    Why the focus on a country that does enforce rape laws rather than those that do not?

    Where is the greater threat to victims?

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    C4Ciaran

    Ciaran Jenkins