Friday, August 23, 2019
Sweden: Pair of underage teens raped at summer music festival
Over the weekend, pair of girls thought to be around 15-years-old were allegedly raped at a summer music festival. At least a dozen others at the festival were reported to have been victims of sexual assaults.
According to Aftonbladet, the 2 rapes took place close to 8 pm at the "We Are Sthlm" music festival in the Swedish capital on Saturday. Both rapes were captured by CCTV cameras.
So far, the 2 alleged rapists have only been described as men. They're said to have walked up from behind the 2 girls and raped them. Swedish authorities have confirmed that 2 rapes were reported at the music festival.
In a statement, Officer Ola Österling of the regional police said: "We're now investigating this and obtaining preliminary survey material and cameras are of course the kind of thing investigators will look at."
Österling added that so far no arrests have been made in connection with the rapes.
Authorities also mentioned that a dozen additional cases of sexual assault have been reported so far during the festival. Only one individual has been arrested.
For several years now, We Are Sthlm has had a major problem with sexual harassment, sexual assaults and rapes. In 2016, the musical festival saw 50 separate reports of sexual harassment, doubling the number for the year before.
Despite the drastic increase in reported cases of sexual harassment, the former minister of Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman, said that the trend was nothing to worry about and that these kind of attacks at festivals were nothing new or out of the norm.
In 2018, the non-profit organization The Night Shift released a report that challenged Ygeman’s comments. The report notes that reports of sexual assaults rose nearly 1,000 percent in 2016.
Since the migrant crisis began in 2015, Sweden's seen a drastic uptick in sexual harassment, sexual assaults and rape cases. All too often, the cases involve migrants victimizing underage girls.
This summer, manufacturers and retailers of self-defense pepper sprays have reported record sales due to the ubiquity of sexual assaults.
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