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sexual assault

'Peace & Love' rape cases remain unsolved

Published söndag 22 april 2012 kl 15.04

The police received 13 reports of sexual assault or rape during the summer's giant Peace & Love music festival, but all cases have now been closed, primarily because the assailants could not be identified.

Sara was 17 when she travelled to the popular festival in Borlänge last year. She followed an older man back to his tent one evening and says he forced her to have sex, by pinning her to the ground, although she had said she didn't want to.

"I couldn't move, I couldn't talk, the only thing I could think of was getting away," she recalls.

"I think I was too frightened to move."

She received treatment at a local hospital after the incident where she was also tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

The police couldn't find the man and a few weeks after she reported the incident, the local police authority sent her a letter informing her the case had been closed.

"I felt a bit abandoned but I understand why. The only chance of this going forward was if he turned himself in, and there's no chance of that," says Sara, who asked to use a pseudonum when speaking with Swedish Radio.

There were twelve other cases of rape or sexual assault reported to the police during last year's festival.

"With all due respect to the victims," says police officer Thomas Hellgren, "it is impossible to avoid crime when 50,000 people get together in one spot in today's Sweden."

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