A three-year-old boy has allegedly been raped at a refugee centre [not pictured] in Norway
Norwegian police have launched an investigation after receiving reports that a child had been sexually abused in the common area of a reception centre.
The incident is said to have taken place at the Forus Akuttinnkvartering centre in Stavanger on January 6.
Police superintendent Bjørn Kåre Dahl said: "We have no suspects yet.
"We are investigating the case as if the worst thing has happened and that we are talking about the rape of a child."
The incident is said to have happened at the Forus Akuttinnkvartering centre
The boy was taken to the local rape crisis clinic with his mother and then to the children's ward at Stavanger University Hospital for further checks.
A spokesman for the centre, which is currently hosting 800 asylum-seekers, said they received a phone call about the incident but they did not see or hear anything.
Dahl continued: "We will investigate further to find out what happened. If it is what we fear – a rape – then this is very serious."
Police said they are investigating the reports
If it is what we fear – a rape – then this is very serious
Police superintendent Bjørn Kåre Dahl
The alleged incident took place after Norway announced it was offering non-European asylum-seekers classes in Western sexual norms, in an attempt to prevent violence against women.
Linda Hagen of Hero, a private company that runs 40 percent of Norway's reception centres for refugees, said: "There's no single cultural code to say what is good or bad behaviour because we want a free society.
"There has to be tolerance for attitudes that may be seen as immoral by some traditional or religious norms."
The reports of the alleged rape comes after it was revealed that Swedish police has covered up alleged sex attacks at a music festival in the country.
Varg Gyllander of Stockholm Police denied a cover-up but admitted police should have reported the incidents at the time "given the nature of the crime".
Swedish officers have launched a probe into their own practices after the incident.