I find it really concerning that it has been 13 days since a mass coordinated sexual assault was carried out in Germany and I am still yet to see anything more than a snippet of info in the media about this, whereas cricketer Chris Gayle makes an ass of himself once on live TV and it’s all anyone can talk about and it’s all they are still talking about.
Ok so we have an international cricketer who, unintelligently makes a pass, in jest or otherwise, at a journalist on live TV. By all means, bad. But why are we still talking about it? There are worse things.
Like for example, New Year’s Eve in Munich. As crowds of people gathered outside the main station to get a glimpse of the fireworks welcoming in the New Year, hundreds of women fall victim to a mass, carefully orchestrated attack, including sexual assaults and theft.
To date there have been 516 reports made, 40% of these being sexual in nature with at least 2 rapes. Only 31 people are currently under investigation for assault and theft, not the sexual assaults. Only 1 arrest has been made and that was for theft alone. And as for the rest of the perpetrators, who knows how many there actually were? Reports suggest as many as 1000 men carried out these attacks.
Of the 31 under investigation 21 are believed to be asylum seekers in Germany illegally. The others are from countries, including Algeria, Morocco, Iran, Iraq, America, Germany, Syria, and Serbia, who are in Germany legally.
See that, not just one nationality, so all you far right people can’t go hurling abuse at all asylum seekers for these crimes, and all you far left people can’t proudly stay silent for fear of being discriminatory. The only people that need to be discriminated against are the criminals, regardless of their religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds, they are just criminals. That is how they should be viewed and portrayed, and they should be portrayed to the media, these things should be reported not covered up.
Even in Germany there have been various cover-up attempts due to a fear that the backlash against asylum seekers will be too great. Despite this, what little information was given to the public has caused a backlash anyway. Protests in the streets of Cologne have taken place on the streets, there have been allegations of authority figures deliberately withholding information, there have been politicians-a-plenty suffering from foot in mouth.
This did not only happen in Munich by the way, there were eerily similar attacks carried out in, Hamburg, Nuremburg, Frankfurt and Berlin on the same night. Scary isn’t it? Scary that this has happened but also scary that no one was told about it.
Why hide it? Why hide the fact that bad people all over Germany are trying to sexually assault women? It isn’t going to go away if you pretend it doesn’t exist. And for the love of god do not tell women to change how they live their lives in order to avoid being sexually assaulted! I thought we had moved on from that?! Apparently not because that is the advice the Mayor of Cologne has given women.
Acknowledge that you have a problem with sexual assaults and try to deal with it. It isn’t a new problem, Germany already has a high rate of sexual assault, so if you maybe expose this then you can take some steps in the right direction towards preventing it from happening again.
It puts asylum seekers in danger, well yes, I could imagine that a myriad of bigots would ignore the fact that not all asylum seekers are rapists and attack them all anyway. But if you perhaps make a point of publishing the cold hard facts it may minimise this bigotry. If you say nothing people are just going to make up what they like, aren’t they?
Bottom line is not all Muslims are rapists, just some are, just as some Christians are rapists. Any type of person from any nationality can be a rapist. Not all people are bad people, but among the good there is always bad. You cannot blame just one group of people for all the bad on the planet.
In this circumstance where majority of attackers were of a certain background, you are going to get some blame pointed at that particular culture. But that does not mean everyone should keep quiet about the whole ordeal.
Just because you are a feminist and you believe in equality doesn’t mean you cannot comment. Guess what, some cultures treat women like dirt, that’s just a sad fact. While some of the world is moving forward towards equality, there is some of the world that is moving slower and there is some that are not moving at all.
Why fear any backlash you may receive by commenting on this? Why fear the backlash you will receive while you are standing up for women out there who have been unfortunate enough to have just experienced the most harrowing night of their lives? Women who have suffered through this may never get justice for what has been committed against them, the perpetrators may never be caught and that is a fact. But the more publicity these incidents get the more likely it is that people will be identified and charged, the more chance there is that this doesn’t happen again.