Violent Femmes: Girls get ugly

One pleasant spring afternoon last year, a group of teenagers attacked a 15-year-old girl on a playing field in the Berlin district of Köpenick. They punched her in the face and pushed her to the ground. When the victim refused to hand over her money, some of her assailants held her down and burned her arms and cheek with a lighted cigarette. The attackers were not a gang of rowdy boys, but a band of 13- to 15-year-old girls.

While men are still responsible for the vast majority of crimes in Germany, female violence is on...

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