13 Aug 2018

After violent attack on 5 women, Geneva asks France for help

A violent attack on five women outside a nightclub in Geneva's old town early-Wednesday has led Swiss authorities to request help from French authorities.

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Why this story matters:

Five women were violently attacked early in the morning on August 8 outside a nightclub in Geneva's old town.

According to reports, several men began attacking a woman, and when four women went to her aid, they were also beaten. 

No suspects have been arrested. Swiss investigators have now asked French authorities for help in locating suspects, as a witness claimed to have seen the men fleeing in a car with French license plates.

Almost 200 people gathered in Geneva on Thursday to protest these types of violent attacks against women.

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Details from the story:

  • Three of the women were hospitalized. Two are in serious condition, and the third is currently in a coma. 
  • "Women must be able to dress as they see fit and feel safe anywhere and at any time," said a Geneva expert in the fight against human trafficking. "The state must guarantee this freedom," she added.
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