While at a nightclub in Malmo, Sweden, 19-year-old Sophie Johansson was—according to her claims—groped by a man. He put his hands on her butt and in between her legs.
As she should have, she pushed the man away; she did not want to be sexually harassed.
Instead of taking the hint that Sophie wasn’t interested, the man allegedly punched her in the face with a closed fist and then later smashed a bottle over the left side of Sophie’s head as she attempted to leave the club with her friend.
Sophie later spoke to a Swedish website—Aftonbladet—about what transpired that evening.
She said that she felt the attack, but that it did not hurt. She heard the sound of the bottle. She thought something was dripping from the bottle, but a friend told her that it was “running blood”. She was feeling her blood dripping.
As Sophie put it, she ended up in shock. She went, as she said, “ugly, unusually” calm, and then then went for a guard.
She ended up being rushed to a hospital, where she ended up being required to stay overnight. She had to receive several stitches.
For obvious reasons, a police report was filed. There was aggravated assault that caused bodily harm, after all. The Malmo police ended up shelving the investigation, though, as a result of a lack of evidence that would identify the perpetrator of the crime.
Sophie did not actually hear her assailant speak. However, she estimates that the man was about 25 years of age and had a muscular figure. He was roughly 5 foot 10 inches tall and had dark hair. She said that he was wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt.
Sophie says she has mixed feelings regarding what transpired and how it all turned out. While she’s both grateful and happy that it didn’t end worse, she’s upset that the man has not been found. She’s decided she has to go to a guard in the future—if such a thing should ever happen again.
She also urges others to be careful when “they go out”.
Local police have said that they hope someone saw what transpired that night. If that’s the case, police say that the preliminary investigation might be reopened. The police say that they want nothing more than to be able to continue the investigation, as no one should be able to grossly abuse another person and go free. A presidential officer at Malmo police—Nils Norling—said that he hopes someone can come up “with more information” so that police can come closer to identifying a “suspected offender”.
The nightclub where the event transpired has published a statement regarding what happened. According to the club, all information has been handed over to local police.
They wrote on Facebook that the club has a “no tolerance policy” against “all forms of abuse”, including violence and threats. They added that they work closely with police to prosecute all crimes.
The club asked for cooperation from its guests, wondering if anyone present saw anything or took pictures. If so, the club encourages its patrons to contact the police directly and right away.
This incident is not the first time the club has been in the news. In early November of 2017, the club was actually bombed. An explosion actually blew the doors off of the club. A man on a moped was seen driving away. Fortunately, the club was closed at the time of the attack.
A night out at the club is a fun way to pass an evening, but it is important to remember that nightclub violence is not a terribly uncommon occurrence; it is certainly important to be careful.
For example, in June of 2016, the gay bar and nightclub known as Pulse—located in Orlando, Florida—was the site of one of the most deadly mass shootings in the history of the United States by a single gunman. Forty-nine people were killed, and 58 were injured. It was the deadliest attack on American ground since the events of September 11, 2001.
We’re not comparing what happened at Pulse to what happened to Sophie, but there is a lesson to be learned. The point is that you really do need to be careful at all times. You never know with whom you’re dancing or sharing a drink, and it is in your best interest to always be alert when you’re out in public.