More and more details are coming out of the massive sexual assault that happened in Cologne, Germany, on New Year’s Eve, and shockingly, the mayor of that city is telling women that their behavior led to the rape and sexual harassment.
What a complete idiot. Instead of doing something against the Muslim perpetrators of sexual assault, including one allegation of RAPE, she wants women to change their behavior and adapt to the attackers.
More from CNN:
Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker appeared to pour oil on the fire with her remarks at a news conference Tuesday, at which she addressed the New Year’s crimes and discussed plans to issue guidelines for behavior during Cologne’s famous Carnival next month, when hundreds of thousands of revelers are expected on the city’s streets.
When asked how women could protect themselves, she suggested keeping “a certain distance of more than an arm’s length” from unknown men.
She reiterated her advice at an appearance on German public service broadcaster ZDF’s “Heute Journal” program Tuesday, when she said: “Women would also be smart not to go and embrace everyone that you meet and who seems to be nice. Such offers could be misunderstood, and that is something every woman and every girl should protect herself from.”
Her comments were met with derision on social media, with the hashtag #einearmlaenge (“an arm’s length”) circulating to mock her suggestion for appearing to place responsibility for the attacks on the victims.
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas was also critical of the comments, tweeting: “I don’t think much of the how-to-behave tips for women such as #anarm’slength. It is not women who are responsible, but the perpetrators.”
If Germany doesn’t find some guts to deal with this issue, that country is over.