Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mass Assaults Against Women on New Year's Eve


Supporters of PEGIDA, Hogesa (Hooligans Against Salafists), and other right-wing populist groups gather to protest against the New Year's Eve sex attacks on Jan. 9, 2016, in Cologne, Germany. Image credit:
On New Year’s Eve, Arab and North African men allegedly embarked on mass assaults against women in a slew of European cities.
In Germany, victims had lodged reports in Berlin, Bielefeld, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Stuttgart. Likewise in Vienna and Salzburg in Austria and Zurich in Switzerland. And also, in Sweden and Finland.
An Interior Ministry report in North Rhine-Wesphalia state, where Cologne lies, said 516 criminal complaints had been registered, 237 of which were of a sexual nature.
German newspaper Die Welt reported that the German Federal Criminal Police Office, BKA have labelled these sexual incidents as a form of Arab "rape game" Taharrush.
The name translates to 'collective harassment' and is carried out by sizable groups of men who sexually attack lone women, either by groping, or in some instances, raping them.
The men first surround their victim. The men in the inner circle are the ones who physically abuse the woman, the next circle are the spectators, while the mission of the third circle is to distract and divert attention to what's going on.
If there are enough men, the woman is dragged along by the mob. The men take turns ripping her clothes off, running their hands over her, and inserting fingers into her body orifices. Sometimes the terrified victim – in a state of shock and unable to respond – is also robbed during the ordeal.
And the attack usually goes unpunished because the large number of perpetrators and chaos of the attack means authorities are unable to identify those involved.
Police say asylum seekers and illegal migrants comprise the majority of the suspects.
The practice is only carried out in public and almost always at demonstrations or public gatherings where the attackers find safety in numbers and disorder.
The Arab phenomenon first came to the attention of the Western world when South African reporter Lara Logan, working for CBS, was set upon by a big group of men while reporting on celebrations in Egypt in 2011.
Logan recounted her ordeal later on a 60 Minutes broadcast, describing how the baying crowd “raped me with their hands”.
The 44-year-old revealed terrifying details of the 40 minute-long February attack in Cairo's Tahrir Square, including how she became separated from members of her crew after someone in the frenzied 200-strong crowd shouted 'Let's take her pants off.'
As Arab and North African migrants flood Europe, it looks like Taharrush has set foot here too. Women, exercise extreme caution!
On Tuesday, I was at the Shah Alam Toastmasters meeting to deliver a CC speech #5 titled “Play Dumb”. I was also the General Evaluator.


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