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Woman Fined $71.79 For Scaring Away Rapist With Pepper Spray

Woman Fined $71.79 For Scaring Away Rapist With Pepper SpraySelf-defense is now a crime in the nation of Denmark. A young woman is facing a $71.79 (£50) fine for driving off a male attacker with pepper spray.

“It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will likely to be charged for that,” police spokesman Knud Kirsten told a local TV station in Sonderborg, Denmark.

Police charged the 17-year-old with a crime even though an unidentified man pushed her to the ground and tried to undress her. She will be fined because it is illegal for private citizens to possess pepper spray in the country.

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Pepper spray can easily be purchased in Germany, which is a short drive or train ride from any location in Denmark.

Many less-than-lethal weapons, including stun guns and irritant concoctions such as pepper spray, have been banned in Denmark since 2009, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh wrote in The Washington Post.

Similar laws are also on the books in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and parts of the United States.

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