The number of rapes in Austria increased by 43.3 percent compared to the previous year. In comparison with 2014, this is 52.6 percent more sex offenders. This can be seen in the current figures from the Ministry of the Interior. To counter this, the turquoise-blue government has reached agreement on a general ban on fully suspended prison sentences for rapists. This was announced by Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ), Minister of Justice Josef Moser (ÖVP) and State Secretary Karoline Edtstadler (ÖVP) of the "Press".
The concrete changes: for rape it should no longer be exclusively conditional confinement, but at least part of the punishment is necessary. "This must be achieved by raising the minimum penalty and changing the criminal criteria," the government says.
Kickl: "No pardon for offenders"
Minister of Home Affairs Kickl justifies the lifelong torment with which victims of sexual violence are often confronted, "there can be no pardon for the perpetrators." A purely conditional detention is not an option, "the perpetrators must feel the full rigor of the law." State Secretary for the Interior, Edtstadler, once again insisted on stricter sentences for violence and sexual offenses on Sunday. In this respect, the "out for fully conditional confinement in case of rape is the right signal".
Moser stressed that the Task Force discussed further steps: "There are more and more recent cases of traumatized victims or acts of particular brutality, and I can certainly see a tightening of the punishments here."