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Norwegian police have documented 151 cases of sexual abuse, including child rape, in one small community of 2,000 people, north of the Arctic circle. The offenses occurred over decades – between the 1950s and 2017 – but were only recently uncovered. How could such serious sex crimes go unchecked for so long?

Nina Iversen says she has always been someone who talks – and has often talked about what happened to her when she was growing up in Tysfjord.

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“I always spoke about it. From when I was 14 years old, I thought: ‘I’ll write a book about this abuse – I’m going to stop it.’ But of course, I wasn’t able to.”

When she was growing up, young people confided in each other about the sexual abuse they had experienced, but adults would not listen.

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