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Danish Girl To Be Fined For Protecting Herself Against Sexual Assault: Fair Or Foul?

| by Zara Zhi
Streets of Sonderborg, DenmarkStreets of Sonderborg, Denmark

A 17-year-old Danish girl who pepper-sprayed a man who was allegedly attempting to pull down her pants may have to pay a fine defending herself.

The teenage girl, who lives in Sonderborg, Denmark, may be charged with violating the arms act for using pepper spray on a man who sexually assaulted her on Jan. 20.

The girl reported the incident to the southern Jutland police, saying she had been sexually assaulted by an English-speaking man across the street from the Sonderborg cultural and community center.

She said the man unbuttoned her pants and tried to pull them down. She said she then took out a pepper spray canister and scared off her attacker.

Now the girl is facing charges for having pepper spray, repots CPHPost.dk.

“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will probably be charged,” said local police head Knud Kirsten.

The girl’s report to the authorities comes in the middle of numerous incidents in Sonderborg, in which some refugees from the local asylum center have found it challenging to behave appropriately towards women in the town's streets.

The incident has sparked a backlash among Danes who point to growing reports of sexual harassment due to refugees in Danish cities. Police say they are stretched too thin to carry out their duties, according to The Local.

Commenters wrote in the comments section on TV Syd’s story about the case that they would be willing to pay the girl’s $73 fine.

The ethnicity of the English-speaking man who assaulted the 17-year-old has not been discussed and it is unclear if he is an asylum-seeker.

The alleged attacker ran from the scene and has not been found. 

Sources: CPHPost.dk, The Local / Photo credit: CPHPost.dk