More rapes reported

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Police in Oslo and Trondheim were investigating more reported rapes that continue to unnerve women after a wave of sexual assaults earlier this year.

Oslo police received three reports of rape and attempted rape including one where a woman was assaulted on a path through the Vår Frelsers national cemetery, where many of Norway’s great political and literary figures are buried. The cemetery is also used as welcome green space in the heart of downtown.

On Saturday night, though, a woman was attacked in the cemetery but her screams attracted another man who came running to assist and scared off the would-be rapist. Another rape allegedly occurred in an Oslo hotel room while a third also was reported in downtown Oslo.

In Trondheim, a 34-year-old woman remained at St Olavs Hospital after she was found injured and partially unclothed at a taxi stand near Lade Church. She said she’d been raped and police launched an investigation. The attack follows several rapes and attempted rapes last spring around Trøndelag, four of which remain unsolved.

Meanwhile, two teenage boys in Halden, southern Norway, were sentenced to 16 months in jail after they were convicted of the rape of a woman in September 2009. They were also ordered to pay the victim NOK 100,000 (USD 18,000) in compensation.

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