Utah’s notoriously onerous sex offender registry requirements and sex offense laws may not be the world’s toughest. European sexual offender laws, specifically Sweden’s laws, are much more stringent than those in the United States. The stringency of these laws does not specifically pertain to the fact that Sweden has a comparatively high rate of alleged rapes. The New York Times reports, “The number of reported rapes in Sweden is by far the highest in the European Union”. Some Swedens want tougher laws and are lobbying for additional “tightening of the sexual assault and rape laws in Sweden” by wanting to expand the definition of rape to include situations where a woman doesn’t verbally say no towards sexual acts but displays other clear signs of opposition in other ways. It looks like Utah’s sex offenders do have something to be thankful for: to not be living in Sweden.
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