The Sexual Assaults In Cologne Are Apart of A Global Rape Culture


Western policy and political commentary ignore the massive global rape problem that transcends borders and ethnicity and requires confrontation on two fronts: a direct public information campaign of no tolerance in tandem with swift criminal justice (this was missing in Cologne, tellingly the police were not focused on prevention or solution–why?) and secondly, services for women in times and places they are likely targets.

Cologne is not isolated; it is part of a global wave of rape and assault as conflict violence (prominent in Africa, where millions of women and girls are violently raped by family members and insurgents by men who face no fear of punishment), of hardening misogynistic cultures (re-entrenched in many Muslim countries; South Africa, known for infant rape), and of indifferent institutions and public policy (Brasil, India, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka (65% of its rapists repeat), even Sweden and Canada). The US’ egregious dereliction to address the merger of culture, institutional failure and indifference is seen in its armed forces, where its abject failures are routinely covered up through intimidation and persecution of victims.

In Cologne and globally, the center of interest should not be the perpetrators and their ethnicity (they should be convicted!), but women and their greater protection. Those doing the blame must also take greater responsibility for ending this ethos of harm that leaves women screaming with rape’s silent scars.

Germany’s Post-Cologne Hysteria – The New York Times http://nyti.ms/1JBkDfP

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