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"So he goes. against me, taking ropes in me and pushing me against the wall and holding me there like a little glove and I can not breath. And then he spits in my face. And then it says "if I press here, if I press here and here, then you die". And then he knocks me down, I fall to the ground, I lose the air and he gets on top of me, I look at him and I know that now anything can happen. He goes to the kitchen drawers and produces a knife, and I'm so scared. Then he goes out into the hall, and then he stays there and chops, chops, and chops on my outerwear. He cut into each piece and then he opens a window, I live seven floors, so he starts throwing things away and I lie and I think he's going to throw me out too.

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The words are Ainbusk's singer, Josefin Nilsson, presented at Länsteatern Gotland in 2015. They are fragments of an autobiographical book that she never finished. A year later, she would die suddenly. In a new SVT documentary, "Josefin Nilsson Рlove me for who I am," portrays Nilsson's career as well as the attack he was subjected to by a man with whom he had a romantic relationship.

Men and actor supported, later condemned for, among other things, aggression. But the damage he caused Nilsson never healed. The contrasts between the youngest singer, cheerful, with unique voice, at the beginning of the documentary and the broken, hairless, under heavy medication in the end, are difficult to oppose.

But there is another aspect that gets stuck in one after the documentary. Director Hannes Holm, who has had a relationship with Nilsson for a few years, tells how he contacted several people to inform them of what Nilsson had been exposed to. No one reacted and to this day the actor is still working in the same prestigious workplace.

The sadness is that the people in the industry, around Nilsson and the abusive man, knew what it was to seal. Despite this, the consequences did not occur. You can probably blame them extremely for lack of knowledge that they were naive. Unless otherwise, the trial should have led managers and others to act.

If the unacceptable acts that have surfaced within the framework of the "# Metoo" constructive part should cease, more people should dare to act when they become aware of them. The problem, however, seems to be, in the cultural world as in politics and certainly in society in general, that few dare. What is this due? Lack of civil courage, bad leadership, fear of bad mood?


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