Swedish Authorities Absent As Somalis Allegedly Keep Assaulting Rape Victim

Jacob Bojesson | Foreign Correspondent

A Somali family in Sweden continues to harass 13-year-old Hanna for reporting her rapist, and authorities let them get away with it.

The case of a then 12-year-old girl who got raped by Guled Mohamud, a Somali citizen, gained national attention in Sweden after Mohamud was convicted and sentenced to community service. Almost 10 months after the sentencing, the girl allegedly continues to get threatened, stalked and even assaulted by the man’s brother. Authorities have been informed on several occasions, but have not acted.

“Hanna needs to get her rights back,” Hanna’s father told local newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning (ST). “This boy has a restraining order and still comes and assaults my daughter, but nothing happens.”

The rape took place Nov. 10, 2014, after Mohamud lured Hanna back to his apartment. Mohamud said his friends had revealing images of Hanna on his phone that he would give back to her if she came. As soon as they arrived at the apartment, Mohamud started ripping Hanna’s clothes off and started beating her before the rape began. (RELATED: Immigrant To Sweden Rapes 12-Year-Old Girl, Gets Community Service)

Hanna reported the case to police but it was ignored by authorities for almost six months.

Rape convictions usually result in between two and six years in prison in Sweden. Since Mohamud was 17 at the time of the crime, and had a clean criminal record, he was tried as a minor. He was sentenced to probation and 180 hours of community service in June, 2015.

In a new interview with local newspaper ST, the girl and her family speak out about how the Mohamud’s family continues to harass Hanna. Mohamud’s younger brother started stalking Hanna and her siblings when they returned to school after summer break, they said. The threats eventually turned into assaults, and the children stopped going to school out of fear.

“His friends call him [the brother] if they see me somewhere and then he shows up,” Hanna told ST. “If I go to the store, he can see me from the window and and then he shows up. I’m too afraid to go there now.”

Social services refused to help the family relocate and complained about the children’s absence from school. The family considered moving to a new city, but financial reasons kept them in town.

“We haven’t done anything wrong and we want to leave the apartment to live somewhere temporarily, but we can’t afford two houses,” the father said.

The latest incident took place Easter weekend when the brother spotted Hanna getting off a bus.

“When I stepped off the bus he told me, ‘I’ll see you next time,'” Hanna said. “Then the other guy who has a restraining order came and I thought he would help me, but then be punched me in the mouth. Then his mother showed up and I thought it would end, but she also kicked me.”

Hanna was hospitalized with two loose teeth and injuries to the back of her head.

When asked about why they don’t do more to protect the family, authorities simply told ST that Hanna should continue reporting the incidents, and let them take it from there.

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