July 3, Stockholm: The organizers of Sweden’s Bråvalla annual music festival have called off call 2018 festival after this year’s festival was marred by sexual violence.
According to the Swedish police they are investigating four potential rapes and some 22 counts of molestation reported on the grounds of the three-day musical festival, which concluded July 1 near the southern Swedish town of Norrkoping.
A teenage girl was reportedly sexually assaulted at the festival during a concert by local musician Håkan Hellström on Friday, police said Saturday, adding that they are also looking into multiple reports of molestation.
Scorpio, issued a statement, denouncing the violence and announcing that the event was being canceled next year.
Saying that they have done “everything in our power,” to prevent sexual violence at the festival, the organizers argued that the problem itself goes far beyond Bråvalla and music festivals in general, and concerns Sweden as a whole.
“It is a huge social problem that affects every part of our society. Absolutely not just festivals. There are about a hundred rapes every day in Sweden and it is a challenge that society has to face,” the organizers said…
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