A 17-year-old girl who was sexually attacked in Denmark may face charges herself after she used pepper spray against her assailant.
“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” said a local police spokesman in Sonderborg, where the attack took place.
After knocking the teenager to the ground and unbuttoning her pants, the victim was able to prevent being raped by pepper-spraying the man.
The man fled the scene and has yet to be arrested.
The Local reports “The case has sparked a backlash among some Danes who point to increasing reports of sexual harassment [by male asylum seekers] in Sonderborg and other Danish cities at the same time that police say they are stretched too thin to properly carry out their duties.”
After the case was reported by the Danish news outlet TVS, a number of readers wrote in the comments sections that they would be willing to pay the girl’s fine, which is expected to be 500 kroner ($73).
Sweden announced it will expel close to 80,000 migrants whose applications have been rejected over the course of the next few years.
The migrants will be flown out of the country on specially-charted aircraft, since there are too many of them to put on commercial flights as is normally done.
It was unclear as to where the migrants would be flown.
Last year Sweden took in 160,000 asylum seekers, the highest percentage of migrants per capita accepted in any country in the European Union. Beginning in 2016, Sweden required every asylum seeker to have a photo ID, which has served to greatly reduce the number of refugees seeking asylum there.
In a controversial move, Denmark announced it will seize the valuables of migrants worth more than the equivalent of £1,000 ($1,426) to offset the cost of housing and food. Exceptions will be made with items of sentimental value, such as wedding rings, etc.