Saturday 3 December 2016

Men who perpetrated assaults must change - not the victims

Published 07/01/2016 | 02:30

Women hold up a placard that reads ‘Against Sexism - Against Racism’ as they march through the main railway station of Cologne, Germany, yesterday. Photo: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay
Women hold up a placard that reads ‘Against Sexism - Against Racism’ as they march through the main railway station of Cologne, Germany, yesterday. Photo: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay

It's hard to imagine how mass sexual assaults against scores of women by marauding young men in Cologne could have been handled any worse by German authorities.

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First, these unprecedented attacks appear to have occurred under the noses of German police in the centre of the city on New Year's Eve without any arrests having been made.

One woman told a German TV station her group of 11 female friends had been surrounded by up to 30 men and repeatedly groped before being robbed. Another suffered serious burns when a lit firework was placed inside the hood of her jacket.

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