Woman convicted of punching butt grabber who got off without charges

By David Edwards
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 15:43 EDT
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A court in Sweden has found a 23-year-old woman guilty of assault after she broke the nose of a 27-year-old man who allegedly grabbed her backside at a nightclub last year.

The Metro newspaper in Sydsvenskan reported, however, that sexual assault charges against the man were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

The woman said that she had instinctively punched the man in the face after he placed a hand on her butt while they were both in Lund last summer at Gloria’s nightclub.

The man sued the woman for about $3,800 to cover the cost of his broken nose.

Lund District Court said the woman’s actions could not be considered self defense, but agreed to go easy on her because she had been a victim of “serious provocation.” The 23-year-old woman was given a suspended sentence and ordered to pay $380 in fines. She will also have to fork over about $280 to the alleged butt grabber.

“This goes to show that it’s okay for guys to grab girls any way they want,” the woman told the Metro, according to a translation provided by Sweden’s The Local.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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