UPDATED - Liberal Online Mag Declares, The Mayor of Cologne Just Blamed Hundreds of Women for Being Attacked in Public
Authorities in Cologne, Germany, could have responded to the attacks of an estimated 80 women at the hands of a gang of roughly 1,000 men in the city on New Year's Eve in a myriad of ways. Mayor Henriette Reker, however, opted to join an illustrious historical club: victim blamers.
Though the incident went largely unreported for days, the scale of attacks — which occurred near a major railway station in the city — were a "completely new dimension of crime," the city's police chief, Wolfgang Albers, told the BBC on Tuesday.
Many women were robbed, at least one woman was raped and countless were molested, including a volunteer policewoman, in what appeared to be an "organized" gang effort, according to the same report.
Rather than focus on the astonishing number of criminals involved in the incident and the broader issues such violence points to, however, Reker determined women, such as those who were randomly attacked days ago, are the key to a solution.
In order "to prevent such incidents from ever happening again," Reker proposed that women adhere to a "code of conduct," the Independent reported on Tuesday.
This code would require women to remain "an arm's length distance from strangers" within their own group, and encourages women to ask bystanders or witnesses to help should they feel threatened, according to the same report. In the future, women would do well to be aware of the potential dangers of events conducive to drunkenness, the mayor reportedly added.UPDATE -
When Mayor Henriette Reker was campaigning for election back in October, she was stabbed in the neck by a citizen who was angry about her generous policy towards "refugees" at the expense of native Kölners. See "The Home-Reker of Cologne".