Given the “shocking” data about sexual assaults, Mossos d’Esquadra announced the creation of an anti-sexual assaults unit that would focus on prosecuting abusers and that it would be “hyper-specialized” and focus on repeat offenders. Currently, police forces are monitoring 1,000 sex offenders and 13 of them are at high risk of recidivism.
In this new strategy in the fight to prevent sexual violence presented on Thursday, the Secretary of the Interior of the Generalitat, Joan Ignasi Elena, together with the spokesperson of the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Montserrat Escudé, detailed the creation of this new unit, which will consist of two UCAS units (1 and 2) plus an intelligence console focused on repeat offenders. For this, it is planned to double the number of people already employed in the central unit created in 2020 in this area and will increase from 27 to 59 members who are expected to join after the summer. Investigators and specialists in victim care or data analysis will collaborate on the case. Among the tasks of this “highly specialized” aggressor-focused unit, Escudi explained, was the control of released prisoners.
Minister Elena denounced that it is “unacceptable” in a society for women to suffer “the abuses they are subjected to”. For this reason, he explained, the new strategy focuses on “intensifying pressure and firmness against the aggressor.”
In the first half of this year, 2,063 events were reported, which is 16% more than in the same period in 2022, and 2,412 people reported being victims, Escudi said. At present, a thousand aggressors are being monitored