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17-year-old girl raped at music festival

Police are investigating the suspected rape of a teenage girl at a camping area at the Siesta music festival in southern Sweden.

17-year-old girl raped at music festival

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, reported the rape to the police herself on Friday morning. According to her own account, the incident occurred early Friday morning, between 4am and 4.20am, on a camping spot at the festival’s main area.

The Siesta festival is a music festival held in Hässleholm, in southern Sweden.

The 17-year-old has given the police a description of her attacker, but no suspect has yet been arrested.

“We have some people who may have been in the area. We held interrogations yesterday, and will be continuing today,” Magnus Johansson of the north-eastern Skåne police force told news agency TT.

As well as interviewing possible witnesses, police forensic specialists spent Friday investigating the camping spot where the crime was reported to have occurred.

The police are unwilling to reveal any further details on Friday’s events, referring to the fact that no suspect has been arrested, and to the sensitive nature of the case.

“Right now I don’t want to give any information about what has happened or how it might have happened,” duty officer Anders Swenson of Kristianstad’s police force told local newspaper Norra Skåne.

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HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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