What’s Current: 15-year-old boy charged in Stockholm’s music festival rapes

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Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Löfven, responds to a string of 38 reported sexual assaults and rapes at a teen music festival in Stockholm:

“Whatever the motive we have to work more with attitudes among young men,” Löfven said. “It’s never OK to grope or harass women.”

Police have laid charges against a 15-year-old boy in relation to the case.

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  • Astrid

    Rapes are seldom mentioned. Reason: the victims are women and women are bait. If young, single women don’t want to go to a festival because it’s known for it’s sexual harassment, young men don’t want to go there anymore either.

    BTW A few weeks before this happened those same people who are now so outraged shouted “put a dick in it” when a woman wanted to voice her opinion that didn’t agree with theirs. They have no respect for women either.

    • Wendy Lev

      Im tired of ‘feminists’ like you. You dismiss the new dangers for women, you are a not a safe person for women.

  • Sabine

    You have totally and utterly missed my entire point. You think I am somehow defending Muslim men??? Read again.

  • Wendy Lev

    The point is, and this is how Ive come disappointed in a lot of feminists, this is a new threat for women in Europe by Arab and North African men. I see you cannot be bothered to respect this new reality for many European women. You dont show them solidarity. Saying all men are potentially violent is invalidating. And it is an escape from this reality.

  • Wendy Lev

    And there are variations in this. In Norway, most rapes are now done by Iraqi and Somali men. Gangrapes have increased with them, too. This is how immigration of non western men affects women’s lives directly. So its tied to immigration and/or asylumseekers. Do we want as it follows perhaps less men in our countries coming from such countries? Yes. What can feminists do about that?

    I read in the Swedish Orebro region 38% of women dont dare go out at night anymore alone in 2013. This went up from 20% in 2000. Cause are immigrant males. 38%. For Sweden of all places. Thats massive.

    So we can clearly see there is a problem. These countries should not let these men in anymore, as it goes at the expense of women. This is a feminist issue. But who cares. Feminists care all men are potentially violent. That way you cannot focus on certain groups of men that are more misogynistic and violent than other groups. And perhaps bring it down. For the rest I do not expect from you solidarity with these Nordic women. Its noted.