Standing ovations for Nobel Laureates

The applause seemed to go on forever at Monday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were honoured with lengthy standing ovations, for drawing international attention to sexual violence as war crimes that must be punished. “We thank you for seeing the suffering, and devoting your life to the battle […]

Nobel winners seek justice for women

Security was tight around the Norwegian Nobel Institute on Sunday, after a week in which news broke about threats against Norway’s justice minister and politicians in Oslo’s City Hall. Inside the institute, this year’s highly acclaimed Nobel Peace Prize winners were calling for far more security and justice for victims of arguably the worst sort […]

Anti-prostitution law ‘seems to be working’

A new evaluation of Norway’s controversial anti-prostitution law indicates that prostitution in the country has declined by as much as 25 percent since it went into effect in 2009. Several researchers and politicians remain skeptical about the results of the evaluation, though, including the political party now in control of the Justice Ministry that commissioned it. Analysis firm […]

Mother’s sexual abuse sentence extended

A woman known as the “Alvdal mother” was sentenced to 14 years and one month in prison on Thursday, after she was found guilty of sexually assaulting her oldest daughter for almost a decade. The Eidsivating appeal court’s decision was in addition to the 15 year sentence the woman received earlier for abusing her two […]

Basketball coach assaulted 12 players

A basketball coach was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for raping or assaulting a dozen young women. The attacks took place over more than seven years, while the man was coach at one of the top basketball teams in eastern Norway. The court in Oslo convicted the man, aged in his 30s, […]

Priest ‘didn’t know’ girl was underage

UPDATED: A Catholic priest in his 30s told a court in Bergen on Tuesday he didn’t know 16 was the age of consent in Norway. The priest had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl during the summer, who he described as the “love of his life.” In a statement to the court, the priest […]

Man charged with 30 underage sex crimes

A 19-year-old man from Gudbrandsdalen, Oppland County, has been charged with the sexual assault of about 30 underage girls over a period of three years. Most of the victims were aged between 14 and 16, but several were under 14 years of age. The man is charged with having sexual intercourse with minors, reports newspaper […]

Partner murders set off alarms

Police are calling this year the worst ever for partner murders in Norway, with more committed since January than in any full prior year. Experts, alarmed by the increase, are asking how these murders can occur in Norway, one of the most sexually equal countries in the world. Police launched their 13th investigation into a […]