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Robbery remains unchanged, theft widespread
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Violence experienced by children and youth has diminished, reports a recent survey conducted by the Police University College in conjunction with the Finnish Youth Research Network.
The trend however varies depending on the type of violence – for instance, corporal punishment has declined but robbery has remained unchanged. Theft has also become widespread, according to the survey findings.
The survey data is not in tune with known cases of offences reported to the police. For instance, the number of sexual offences reported against children to the police has increases in recent years. This development however does not reflect in the survey data.
To Monica Fagerlund, a researcher, this suggests the authorities normally receive information much earlier, even though the number of such offences has not increased.
The survey carried out last autumn interviewed 11,000 sixth- and nine-grade school children.
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