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Serious sexual assaults force women in Sweden to hold first ever women-only music festival


Sweden's biggest music festival 'Bravalla' cancelled after four rape allegations


Bravalla, the current largest music festival in Sweden, has cancelled the 2018 event after four rape claims among multiple reports of sexual assault.

The 2017 event, which took place over the weekend, was headlined by The Killers, System of a Down, Linkin Park, and Alesso.

Outrage has followed an official police statement in the south-eastern district of Östergötland after it claimed the officers received four rape and 23 sexual assault reports – all of which took place between Thursday and Sunday.

It is believed another woman, who filled a report, said she was forced against her will to have sex with a man after she changed her mind.

“Certain men apparently cannot behave. It’s a shame. We have therefore decided to cancel Bråvalla 2018,” the festival’s organisers said.

“Words cannot describe how incredibly sad we are about this, and we most seriously regret and condemn this,” German organisers FKP Scorpio said in a press release on the festival’s website.

“This is not OK. We do not accept this at our festival. Therefore, we have decided not to organise Bravalla 2018,” they added,

“Many reports come after they’ve happened so there are weak descriptions {of the suspects} and nothing more to go on,” chief police investigator, Martin Hedberg said in a statement. 

Furious with the allegations, Sweden Prime Minister Stefan Löfven waded into the anger by demanding CCTV to be installed. “This is so disgusting. These are obnoxious acts by deplorable men. This must stop,” he said.

Mumford and Sons, who headlined the festival in 2016, said they wanted assurances over women’s safety after the local press revealed that five women were allegedly raped during the event last year.

“We won’t play at this festival again until we’ve had assurances from the police and organisers that they’re doing something to combat what appears to be a disgustingly high rate of reported sexual violence,” the band said.

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