I recently wrote that coordinated sexual assaults and robberies in Germany have stirred up opposition to immigration. Now it seems that the opposition has provoked all sorts of insanity from left-liberals.
The New York Times reports, “Cologne Mayor’s ‘Arm’s Length’ Advice on Sexual Attacks Stirs Outcry.”
The mayor of Cologne has inflamed a debate in Germany about migrants and sexual harassment by suggesting that women can protect themselves from men on the streets by keeping them more than an arm’s length away.
The remarks by the mayor, Henriette Reker, were made Tuesday to reporters after the Cologne police said they had received more than 90 complaints of robbery and sexual assault, including two accounts of rape, by groups of men who targeted young women in and around the city’s main train station in the crush of revelers on New Year’s Eve.
By Wednesday, Ms. Reker was being widely ridiculed by commentators and across social media for putting the onus on the victims of the attacks.
“It is always possible to keep a certain distance that is longer than an arm’s length,” Ms. Reker told reporters on Tuesday, suggesting that the city authorities would provide guidelines for young women who find themselves surrounded by aggressive men trying to grope them.
I’d like to think that Reker was simply encouraging situational awareness, but I don’t think that is the case. First of all, it is simply false that the average woman has the power to keep the average man at arm’s length if he is intent on sexual assault. This is especially true when a woman is stalked and surrounded by several men.
Secondly, Reker is a prominent advocate of immigration. It certainly seems like she was blaming the victims in order to justify her position.
There are other examples. Infowars.com reports,
The sex attackers bragged to police about how their refugee status gave them special privileges.
“I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. Mrs Merkel invited me,” said one of the culprits.
However, Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger directed an equal share of his anger towards Germans who cited the attacks as a reason why Angela Merkel should reconsider her open border refugee policy.
“What happens on the right-wing platforms and in chat rooms is at least as awful as the acts of those assaulting the women,” said Jaeger. “This is poisoning the climate of our society.”
What people say in outrage over crimes is at least as awful as the crimes themselves? I wonder what the women victims think of this?
Also, the guardians of the internet attempted to suppress the story. According to Breitbart,
Moderators on /r/worldnews, a subreddit with over 9.5million subscribers, repeatedly deleted links to stories about the recent New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne, which saw over a thousand Arab and North African migrants engage in hundreds of acts of sexual assault and robbery.
Users made a dozen attempts to post links to the story on /r/worldnews, where they were promptly deleted by moderators. It was only when German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on the attacks that one news link was allowed to be posted. Comment from the German head of state made it impossible for the moderators to deny the story’s relevance to world news.
Even then, user comments underneath the news link faced mass censorship as well as a temporary lockdown due to what one moderator called “vile rule violating.” Go1dfish, a site which tracks censorship on Reddit and maintains a permanent copy of deleted comments, reveals that users had their comments deleted simply for asking why others had been deleted.
To summarize, in response to rape and sexual assault, liberals attack the victims, the critics, and try to censor the news.