"What we want is for people to be able to visit this festival and feel safe and secure," SKP Scorpio marketing manager Niklas Westergren told Swedish national broadcaster SVT.
At Stockholm youth festival We Are Sthlm, which also had major problems with sex crimes against young girls, bracelets with the inscription "Don't Paw Me" were distributed to attendees. This public relations campaign, orchestrated by the Chief of Police Dan Eliasson, failed miserably, as rapists and violators reportedly wore the very same bracelets during assaults.RSFU), the festival organizers intend to step up security measures, including floodlights to ensure that no area remains dark.
Additionally, the festival organizers and RFSU personnel plan to meet school-kids aged 16-18 to talk about sex and the importance of consent. The idea of this preventive effort is to engage with all teenagers in Norrköping over the course of the next three years "lest anything should happen."
"Unfortunately, there is no 'quick fix' to the problem, as young people from other parts of Sweden than Norrköping are obviously coming to the festival," Pelle Ullholm, sex educator at RFSU told SVT.
Later, police admitted that most of the suspects were young males of immigrant background or refugees, yet refrained from publicizing the assaults for fears of inflaming the already infected political debate about Sweden's immigration policy and immigrant crime.