mercredi 24 août 2011

La police grecque l'admet : au moins six touristes britanniques ont été violées cet été à Corfou

Six Britons raped on Corfu this summer

by PAUL ANAST, Daily Mail

At least six British women have been raped on Corfu this summer, Greek police admitted yesterday.

They believe the true figure is probably a lot higher, but say many victims fail to report sex attacks.

Sources on the island in the Ionian Sea, highly popular with British holidaymakers and the birthplace of the Duke of Edinburgh, say the authorities have tried to keep the statistics secret to protect its image as a tourist destination.

The attitude has been very different on the resort island of Rhodes, where several British women holidaymakers have been raped this year.

There, the arrest and punishment of rapists has been widely publicised as a deterrent and in an effort to assure law-abiding tourists they are safe.

The Corfu sex assaults were revealed after one of the victims tipped off a local journalist.


In confirming the six rapes, police said they believed the true figure was much higher but that many women preferred not to report an attack or pursue it through the Greek courts.

In some cases the alleged attackers were local men. But in others they were British tourists.

'In most cases the girls back down and prefer not to proceed with legal action, even when we capture the alleged culprit and bring him before them for identification,' said Corfu police chief Colonel George Kavathias. 'We are anxious to stamp out the problem but we're not getting enough help from the women themselves.'

The six rapes occurred between the end of May and mid-August. One victim was 28, while the other five were between 18 and 21.

In the eight years since 1994, a total of 44 British women have been victims of rape on Corfu.

On Rhodes, the total number of British rape victims so far this year is four.
Two of the culprits have been arrested and one of them, a Briton, is in jail awaiting trial.

The victims included two holiday company reps and a woman who was attacked in her own home.

Two years ago a British girl was also raped and murdered on Rhodes. An immigrant from eastern Europe is serving life for that attack.

The Greek authorities say they have increased patrols in all tourist areas in a bid to restore confidence.

Colonel Kavathias said: 'We appeal to all such women to find the strength to proceed with prosecution and to help Greek police authorities as much as they can, as we intend to stamp out this scourge.'
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-135648/Six-Britons-raped-Corfu-summer.html

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