Sexual violence

Swedish police blame “foreign young men” for spate of sex assaults at music festivals

A police officer is seen at the campsite at Bravalla Festival in Norrkoping, Sweden July 1, 2016. TT News Agency/Izabelle Nordfjell/via REUTERS

Swedish police said they are investigating dozens of sexual harassment and assault claims allegedly carried out by “foreign young men” at two large music festivals in the country over the weekend. The police said they had received five reports of rape and 40 reports of groping at the two festivals, Bravalla and Putte i Parken, and that the young men are suspected of carrying out a “campaign of aggressive groping” at the latter. Two of the suspects were described as being unaccompanied refugee youth living in a nearby shelter.

“The descriptions [of perpetrators] are diverse, with the one common denominator being that these are all young men,” police said about the Bravalla attacks, according to The Telegraph.

Many of the musical stars performing at the festivals condemned the attackers for making women feel unsafe.

“For an artist to go up on stage thinking that there might be a girl out there being molested or raped during the concert is just totally crazy,” Pernilla Andersson, who performed at Putte i Parken, wrote in the Expressen newspaper on Monday.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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