By Sara Malm | dailymail.co.uk
- Three gang rapes in less than a month have taken place in Malmo, Sweden
- This weekend, a 17-year-old girl was brutally gang raped in a playground
- After the most recent rape, police advised that women should not go out alone
- Hundreds took to the streets to protest the violence and police action
Hundreds took to the streets of Malmo in southern Sweden to protest after three teenage girls were brutally gang raped – and police told women to stay indoors.
The most recent incident involved a 17-year-old girl who was raped by an unknown number of assailants in a children’s playground in the early hours of Saturday.
The following day, Malmo police issued a warning to local women not to go outside alone at night, and to walk in pairs or use taxis.
The first rape took place on November 4, and saw a young woman raped by several assailants after a party in Segevång, north Malmo.
Just over a week later, a woman was attacked and raped by a number of men at a bus stop in Södervärn, central Malmo.
A local newspaper reports that the victims in all three cases were teenagers.
Police say that while there is no obvious connection between the rapes, it cannot be ruled out as investigations are still ongoing.
All three incidents took place between midnight and 3am and assailants were all young men unknown to the victims, Sydsvenskan reports.
Yesterday’s protest, filmed by a participant, saw demonstrators demand police protection, tougher punishment and that the government step in and push through proposed legislation on consent.
Bearing placards with messages such as ‘no rapists on our streets’ and ‘Stefan Lofven, take your responsibility’, directed at the country’s Prime Minister, hundreds of protesters gathered in Malmo on Tuesday evening.
‘I never thought I would be scared to walk around in my hometown,’ one of the speakers Sara Wettergren said according to Kvallsposten.
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