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Sweden: Allegations of widespread sexual assault at music festival

Music festival canceled for next year following allegations of sexual assault at this year’s event June 28-July 1; 11 cases of sexual abuse and one rape reported

10 Jul 07:14 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 7/3/2017, 12:00 AM until 7/3/2017, 11:59 PM (Europe/Stockholm). COUNTRY/REGION Sweden

Event

The organizers of the Bravalla festival in Norrkoping have announced the cancelation of next year’s event amid reports of 11 cases of sexual abuse and one rape during this year’s June 28-July 1 event. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven stated during a news conference that more surveillance, better policing, and a strong reprisal for the perpetrators is required to prevent sexual assaults at future events.

Context

The annual festival, which began in 2013, generally draws about 40,000 people.

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