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A 17-year-old girl who was attacked in Denmark may end up facing punishment herself. The teen says a man pushed her to the ground and started trying to undress her on Wednesday night in central Sønderborg when she used pepper spray on him and got away, the Local reports, citing Danish media. “It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” a local police spokesperson tells a TV station. The attacker escaped and has yet to be found, RT reports.

Danish teen fought off her attacker - now she'll face fine

There’s been an outcry, and locals are pointing out that Denmark is seeing an uptick in sexual harassment cases while local police are “stretched too thin” to keep things under control. As the Copenhagen Post reported earlier this month, women have been complaining that male refugees and asylum-seekers have been harassing or even groping them at nightclubs in Sønderborg, though in this case, it’s not clear if the man was a refugee. Many commenters on the local TV station’s article about the incident have offered to pay the girl’s fine, which will probably be around $73. (Pepper spray abruptly ended a squabble between moviegoers.)

The case has sparked a backlash among some Danes who point to increasing reports of sexual harassment in Sønderborg and other Danish cities at the same time that police say they are stretched too thin to properly carry out their duties.
Numerous readers wrote in the comments section on TV Syd’s story about the incident that they would be willing to pay the girl’s fine, which will most likely be 500 kroner.
The man who attacked the 17-year-old fled from the scene and has not been charged.
Sexual assaults have been in the news in Sønderborg recently after several women in the town reported earlier this month that they sometimes feel harassed by the aggressive behaviour of some male asylum seekers and refugees at the local asylum centre.
It is not known, however, if the assailant in this latest incident was an asylum seeker or refugee.
Danish women report harassment by refugees

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Girl, 17, Faces Punishment for Fending Off Attacker

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