US News and World Report must be living on another planet, in some other galaxy.
The US news magazine recently selected Germany as “the best country to live in” worldwide. Although Germany offers many great things, it is currently not really a very good place to be – especially if you are a woman.
Never mind the glaring pay inequality and low number of women in high ranking positions, it is simply an unsafe place right now for the female gender. The reason: mass sexual attacks and gender-targeted robberies by gangs of men. There’s a state of heightened fear across the country, and in Europe as well.
Germany’s flagship daily Die Welt here reports that the number of women sexually assaulted and/or robbed/attacked across Germany by groups of men during New Year’s Eve celebrations has surged and is close to 1500 as more women come forward and file police reports. The figure is expected to climb further.
The German daily writes that the number of attacks reported as of January 18 in the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Bielefeld alone stand over 1000.
Cologne ground zero
As of January 18, Cologne, the ground-zero of the mass attacks, saw 821 reports filed with police, with 359 involving sexual assault. Police are now conducting a massive investigation of the New Year’s Eve crime wave. Cologne police have set up a 140-person task force to investigate. Düsseldorf has set up a commission to investigate 113 attacks, 69 of which were reported as sexual assaults.
The sexual assaults and robberies were not isolated to the German state of North Rhine Westphalia, but were widespread all over country. Online FOCUS magazine here last week wrote that attacks had been reported in some 12 cities.
190 attacks in Hamburg
The German national financial daily Handelsblatt here wrote last week that police in the north German port city of Hamburg had recorded 190 reports of sexual assault/and or robbery of women on New Year’s Eve.
Cologne cleric blames victims
Politicians have tried to shift the blame for the New Year’s attacks on the police, accusing them of having failed to recognize the violence and to react quickly enough. Others blame politicians for having neglected the funding and staffing of police forces for years.
But not everyone is blaming the police and politicians for the security debacle. According to the UK Daily Mail here, one Cologne cleric blames the sexual assaults on the victims themselves – because they wore perfume!