Swedish women set up vigilante ‘molestation guards’ in public pools to protect young swimmers in the wake of muslim ‘refugee’ sex attacks
- Swedish woman set up ‘molestation guard’ at local swimming pool
- Siri Bernhardsson, 24, grew tired of reports of sexual assaults at pools
- Her initiative ‘The Groping Guard’ has now spread to other Swedish cities
- Follows reports of sexual assaults by asylum seekers in public pools
A female vigilante group has been set up in Sweden to patrol public swimming pools in the wake of a number of alleged sexual assaults on children and young women
Siri Bernhardsson has set up ‘Tafsvakten’ – The Groping Guard – after growing tired of reports of rapes and molestations at public pools in the country.
The 24-year-old from Kalmar says the group is needed because women and children in Sweden no longer feel safe going swimming.
‘The news is practically flooded with articles about molestations and rapes on Sweden’s public pools, I have had enough,’ writes Miss Bernhardsson on her Facebook group ‘Tafsvakten’ [The Groping Guard].
Last weekend, Miss Bernhardsson and her fellow ‘Groping Guards’ spent the day in the Kalmar Adventurebaths.
She says the point of the group is to be extra pairs of eyes and ears in the aquatics centre, and to be there to support women and children if they feel unsafe.
‘It makes me sad that many women choose not to go to the swimming pool out of fear that something might happen,’ Miss Bernhardsson told Aftonbladet.
She says she has been contacted by a number of women, confirming that many feel unsafe at her local pool, and the initiative has since gained momentum.
Miss Bernhardsson has received donations to pay for her entry fee at the swimming pool in Kalmar, and other women have set up their own ‘Groping Guards’ in other Swedish cities.
However, not everyone is pleased with Miss Bernhardsson’s initiative, and she has been criticised by the management at her local aquatics centre.
‘We do not want a private person coming in and acting like a life guard and having that kind of contact with out guests at our establishment, said Kalmar Adventurebaths’ operative chief Susanne Gryfelt.
Ms Gryfelt added that there had only been one report of an assault of a sexual nature in recent months.
Miss Bernhardsson’s initiative follows a number of reported incidents at public swimming pools in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe involving male migrants and refugees.
In January, a number of girls reported being sexually assaulted by young male asylum seekers at a public swimming pool in central Stockholm.
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