A 17-year-old Danish girl reportedly fought off her rapist by using pepper spray. Now, the teen is being charged for defending herself in a case that has sparked considerable outrage among citizens.
According to the police report, the girl said she was sexually assaulted around 10 p.m. in central Sonderborg, Denmark, in January by a dark-skinned, English-speaking man who threw her to the ground and forced her clothes off, The Local reported.
The teenager was reportedly able to fend off the assailant -- who fled the scene -- by using a bottle of pepper spray.
But in a turn of events, she was the only person charged in the crime. The alleged attacker has yet to be caught, and it is unknown if he is a refugee seeker. His race has not been verified.
"It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that," said local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told Denmark's TV Syd.
Sexual assaults have been making headlines in Denmark more frequently in 2016, and many women in the country have reported feeling harassed by some male asylum seekers or refugees. A nightclub in Sonderborg has reportedly prohibited people from entering the club if they cannot speak Danish, English or German. Other Danish bars are also considering similar bans.
"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," Glenn Hollender, of the Sonderborg club Den Flyvende Hollaender, told TV Syd earlier in January, according to The Local.
"In my eyes, it is harassment when one or more men continue to touch a young woman after she has said 'stop.'"
Authorities reportedly do not have any leads in identifying the suspect.
The girl will most likely avoid jail time, though her penalty will include a fine. In spite of the light punishment, many people view it as rubbing salt in the wound.
Some online users have even said they were willing to pay the girl’s fine of about $730, according to The Washington Times.