The news of the sexual abuse in Cologne, Germany during New Year’s Eve reverberated across the West. Over 350 women have filed complaints with the police.
As someone living partly in the Kurdistan Region and partly in the West,
I am touched by the way the incident is creating waves that have
results for asylum seekers who recently came to Europe: borders are
closing and single men are less welcome.
But it also affects those who already are living in Europe; in Germany some swimming pools will no longer accept single men.
Voice from the extreme right claiming that allowing Middle Eastern men
in will lead to a rise in sexual violence, have become even louder. Now
this can no longer be brushed aside as racist.
I am reminded of incidents we hear of in the region where some of the
perpetrators originate: about taxi drivers who abuse women after they
step in their cars in their own, and men who grope women in shopping
centres and bars.
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