A 17-year-old Danish girl who successfully fended off a would-be rapist by using pepper spray is now facing the likelihood of criminal charges, because the popular defense item is against the law.
According to the Local, the teen girl told police she was attacked last Wednesday by an English-speaking man in the city of Sonderborg, Denmark.
The assailant allegedly knocked her to the ground, unbuttoned her pants and tried to undress her.
The girl was able to prevent herself from being assaulted any further by whipping out her pepper spray and using it on the attacker. However, authorities now say the young woman could be the one who is criminally charged.
“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely be charged for that,” local police spokesman Knud Kirsten told TV Syd.
The man who attacked the teen fled the scene of the crime and has not been arrested.
“The case has sparked a backlash among some Danes who point to increasing reports of sexual harassment in Sonderborg and other Danish cities at the same time that police say they are stretched too thin to properly carry out their duties,” the Local reported.
“Many 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 ($72).”
Rapes have made big headlines in Sonderberg recently after several women there reported feeling harassed by the aggressive behavior of some male asylum seekers and refugees at the local asylum center.
But the Local says it’s not known if the assailant in this latest incident was an asylum-seeker or refugee.
Meanwhile, a nightclub in the city is now precluding guests from entering if they can’t speak Danish, English or German. Other nightclubs in Denmark are reportedly considering similar measures.