A 17-year-old Danish girl who successfully fought off an assailant by blinding him with pepper spray may be the one charged with a criminal offense.
The girl notified the Jutland police that she was assaulted across the street from the Sonderborg cultural and community center, the Sonderborghus. The attacker, an English-speaking man wearing dark clothes, had knocked her to the ground, and was trying to take off her clothes when she took out a pepper spray and used it on him. She was able to get away but Danish authorities are saying that she is the one who would face criminal charges.
“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten said.
The assailant fled the scene of the crime and the police have been unable to press charges against him. The incident has sparked criticism from Danes, who say police are not doing enough to curb such violence acts in the country. Many people have also offered to pay for the girl’s fine, which could amount to 500 kroners (US$72).
The attack came in the wake of several incidents at nightclubs, in which asylum seekers have reportedly been harassing women. Many other towns have also reported incidents of girls and women accosted by men from refugee tent camps.
It is unknown whether the man who violated the girl is an immigrant or a Danish citizen.