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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.
So then they can't actually prove that she used pepper spray on anyone.
Police say that the girl may face a fine.
“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.
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?” Is that rhetorical?
In America she could have pulled out a revolver and shot the guy in the face, and she would be a hero. Denmark has to start looking after their girls a lot better than they are. They need to be trained in self-defence and equipped with weapons like pepper spray instead of discouraging self-defence. Please don't sacrifice a generation of Danish girls on the altar of political correctness.
“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.
So, it's not harassment when one or more men touch a girl inappropriately until she has said 'stop'? Apparently, Have we become mad in Denmark? is rhetorical.
Sexual harassment of women by refugees and migrants in Europe is the main issue that has been making headlines since the New Year.
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.