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Austrian Woman Fights Off Would-Be Rapist

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The crime wave that has struck Europe in the wake of the EU's decision to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants through its borders doesn't seem to be fading any time soon.  

A woman in Linz, Austria, was waiting at a bus stop when an Algerian man approached and attacked her.  The woman fought back, breaking the migrant's nose, but he kept attacking and eventually pinned her to the ground and began undressing her.  

The woman fell unconscious.  Fortunately, a passerby noticed the commotion and scared off the migrant.  The passerby then alerted police, telling them he had spotted a young woman lying half-naked in the bushes and a man running from the scene.  

Shockingly, the migrant went to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for his broken nose, which is where police found and ultimately arrested him.  Prosecution spokesman Philip Christi said the man is being held in investigative custody by police.  

According to the UK Express, the same migrant is accused of attempting to rape a 58-year-old woman in the same Austrian city in November of 2015.  In that incident, police report that the migrant allegedly attacked the woman from behind, but that she managed to repeatedly kick him and fend him off.  

The migrant has been banned from staying in Austria after having his asylum application rejected.  However he could not be evicted yet because he is appealing the decision.  Almost unbelievably, the region of Austria where the migrant lives will continue to pay for his food and accommodations while he remains in the country. 

Europe has been hit by a wave of sex assaults in recent months, as countries such as Sweden, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany have all dealt with their share of violence.  New Year's Eve was an especially dangerous night, as migrant sex attacks occurred in Zurich, Helsinki and, most famously, Cologne, Germany, where hundreds of migrants formed a ring around frightened victims and assaulted them in the middle of the town square.  

Police and government authorities have come under fire in recent months for their alleged 'victim blaming.'  Vienna's police chief, Gerhard Pustl, sparked outrage after advising women not to go out on the streets alone in the wake of the attacks there on New Year's Eve.  And Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers was fired due to public criticism of his handling of the New Year's sex assaults.  

There have also been widespread accusations of cover-ups by European authorities in various countries, as police withheld information from the press, notes Daily Mail.  European officials insist this measure was to protect the identities of the victims, and not to cover up the violence.   

It remains to be seen how this latest assault will affect the attitudes of Europeans in regard to the migrant issue. 

Sources: UK Express, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Your Story Club/New York Naratives

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