Friday 15 December 2017

A strong show of Western justice is only response to sex-attack gangs in Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel's
Chancellor Angela Merkel's "open door" refugee policy which saw Germany register more than one million asylum-seekers last year. Photo: Getty
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

As a young woman, I feared for my personal safety on at least three separate occasions.

The first was when I was 17 and travelling on a tube (for the first time) in London (also for the first time) when a man grabbed my breasts and genital area with a sustained, wicked gratuitousness before exiting at the next stop.

I didn't know then that what had happened was a sexual assault, even if it was at "the lower end of the scale". But you don't have the words or comprehension at 17: mortified and in tears, I convinced myself that's just what happens to girls.

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