Outrage in Denmark as 17yo girl faces fine for using pepper spray against sex attacker
A Danish teenager who said she was sexually assaulted now faces a fine for using pepper spray against her attacker. The man who pulled her to the ground and tried to undress her fled the scene without any charges.
The incident took place in the center of the small town of Sonderborg in southern Denmark at about 10 p.m. local time Wednesday. She told police that an English-speaking man knocked her to the ground, tried to unbutton her pants and undress her.
However, she was apparently able to protect herself as she pulled out pepper spray and used it against the man, who escaped the scene and hasn’t been charged.
Police say that the girl may face a fine.
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“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten said, as cited by TV Syd.
According to The Local, the girl’s fine could be about 500 kroner ($72) and that has sparked outrage on social media.
girl who was sexually attacked in Sønderborg will herself face charges https://t.co/SW26lW85us b/c self defence is not a right in the EU— Shane (@spartacus90210) January 27, 2016
Ah, the madness: Girl charged with defending herself against #assault. https://t.co/xFM8lTGykW#europe#Sonderborg— Alan Poirier (@alan_poirier) January 27, 2016
#DANISH GIRL USE PEPPER SPRAY DEFEND AGAINST RAPE ATTACK BY MUSLIM INVADER #Sønderborg PROSECUTED UNDER FIREARMS ACT https://t.co/50JAMJLyDf— Juliette (@Juliet777777) January 26, 2016
Readers of the story on TV Syd’s website said they were ready to pay the girl’s fine.
“It is so completely and terribly wrong with the Danish system… Self-defense is a human right,” wrote one user, while another ironically added: “Perhaps the offender must seek compensation…Have we become mad in Denmark?”
‘Unsafe on streets’: Danish women ‘sexually harassed’ by refugees in at least 3 towns https://t.co/hvTC9xMkStpic.twitter.com/vnxPkAgg9k— RT (@RT_com) January 13, 2016
In the meantime, RT contacted local police spokesperson Helle Lundberg who said that officers had found neither “the attacker, nor any witnesses.”
“We do not know who he is, and we do not know if he might be an asylum seeker. The girl has described him as English-speaking. That is all we know,” the spokesperson added.
Sonderborg, along with other Danish cities, recently appeared in the news in connection with sexual assaults against women by migrants.
“We must say that a large number of the male guests who come from the local asylum center have a very hard time respecting the opposite sex. In my eyes, it is harassment when one or more men continue to touch a young woman after she has said ‘stop,’” Glenn Hollender, from the Sonderborg club Den Flyvende Hollænder, told TV Syd earlier in January.
Sexual harassment of women by refugees and migrants in Europe is the main issue that has been making headlines since the New Year.
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The first city to report about mass sexual harassment was Cologne, Germany. According to witnesses, “heavily intoxicated” men of “Arab or North African” origin were harassing and assaulting local women in the city center on New Year’s Eve.
Similar cases have been reported in other German cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Police were also accused of covering up migrant attacks in Sweden, after groups of young Afghan men reportedly molested girls at a teen music festival.