The girl told authorities that the attack occurred in central Sonderborg around 10 p.m., when an English-speaking, dark-skinned man knocked her to the ground and tried to undress her. She then saved herself by using pepper spray on her attacker, and went to report the incident to police.
The man has not yet been arrested, but it’s likely the girl will be fined 500 kroner, or 73 dollars, reported local media.
A 17 year old girl from denmark is facing charges for using pepper spray against the man that was SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER. Makes me sick.
— RyansAverageLife (@RyanAbe) January 27, 2016
— Michael (@MichaelLarson33) January 26, 2016
DENMARK: 17-year-old girl who successfully fended off a would-be (Muslim?) rapist by using pepper spray is now facing criminal charges
— Juliette (@Juliet777777) January 27, 2016
In Norway, Muslim refugees are offered cultural lessons on how to treat women in Western society, the New York Times reported. Many refugees arriving from conservative countries are not used to seeing public displays of affection, or women dressed in what they perceive to be skimpy outfits, which they may liken to clothing worn by prostitutes.
Sonderborg, where the assault on the 17-year-old girl took place, has a local asylum center, and the influx of migrants has created a similar cultural friction there, reports the Local.
The Buddy Holly nightclub in Sonderborg issued a new rule earlier this month, allowing only guests who speak Danish, German, or English into the club, due to incidents of sexual harassment by asylum seekers, the Telegraph reports.