The following report from German television discusses the practical consequences of Chancellor Merkel’s invitation to all the refugees in the world to come and live in Germany. The incidence of sexual harassment, groping, assault, and rape has increased to the point where women are afraid to go out alone, especially at night.
One point that occurred to me while I was watching the section where the culture-enrichers approached and verbally taunted the group of women and their interviewer: Was the videographer a male? The interviewer and the partygoers were all female. Was the only thing deterring the “Nafris” from even more aggressive behavior the presence of a man holding the camera? Or did they restrain themselves for other reasons?
Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
0:00 Do women still feel safe? This question has been
0:03 keeping us busy since Silvester [New Year’s] more than ever,
0:06 because in Cologne and other cities a lot fewer women
0:09 visited public places than in previous years; that’s what
0:12 the police say; the numbers are there. The main reasons put forward
0:15 were again and again young male refugees from North Africa.
0:18 The so-called Nafri discussion is fresh in our memory.
0:21 A study now confirms the following:
0:24 The fear that women have of abuse
0:27 in public spaces has soared.
0:30 We went to Freiburg and met a young woman
0:33 who barely goes out at night anymore, and
0:36 she is not the only one.
0:39 Out alone in the evening… Ann-Kathrin has to overcome fear.
0:42 For quite a while now the 24-year-old’s heart beats fast
0:45 and she wants to run whenever someone is behind her.
0:48 The reason: on her way to a party
0:51 in the summer of 2015 two men
0:54 tried to rape her in a parking lot.
0:57 “When I walked through the lot,
1:00 two men came.
1:03 They held me down from both sides,
1:06 one had a really firm grip,
1:09 and the other one
1:12 tried to undress me.
1:15 And at that moment, ahead in the street,
1:18 a man was walking past
1:21 who noticed what was going on,
1:24 also because I tried to scream…”
1:27 Kathrin was lucky, she could get away.
1:30 But the attackers escape, and she can’t recognize them.
1:33 Only: The men were barely taller than her,
1:36 and they didn’t speak German.
1:39 But it is not just because of the attempted rape
1:42 that she — like many of her friends — have become extremely careful.
1:45 “Because of stuff like this we see to it that we
1:48 make arrangements with each other,
1:51 that we don’t walk alone but in larger groups,
1:54 that we call each other when we exit the street car,
1:57 or mainly that we take a taxi home or when we go out at night.” — “Rathaus”
2:00 Ann-Kathrin is meeting with her friends
2:03 in Freiburg’s historic downtown.
2:06 But the nightlife is just not the same anymore.
2:09 Whenever there are encounters with groups of men,
2:12 there’s a feeling of anxiety present nowadays,
2:15 just as we are experiencing during our video shoot.
2:18 “Yeah, you really have to be a bit afraid of that, especially when
2:21 you’re alone, going to a party, go home alone, you’re afraid, feel anxiety.”
2:24 “Especially when they’re in groups,
2:27 and when for instance five girls are out and about
2:30 and you have to hear the things they say,
2:33 and that is very uncomfortable.”
2:45 [incomprehensible German-Muslim pidgin]
2:57 “Well, now you know, right?
3:00 And that is why we don’t go out alone.”
3:03 Ever since two women had been raped and murdered around Freiburg,
3:06 including the murder of a student by a refugee,
3:09 the need for security has increased.
3:12 Nobody knows that better than Bernd Ramsperger.
3:15 He sells self-defense products in his store.
3:18 “We hear the stories in our store every day, women saying,
3:21 ‘We do not go out on the streets anymore in the evenings,
3:24 we don’t go jogging alone anymore,
3:27 things that we previously used to do alone,
3:30 please sell me something that will make me
3:33 feel somewhat safe again, so I can go jogging again’.”
3:36 Pepper spray that looks like lipstick,
3:39 an alarm in heart form, or a taser in pink.
3:42 The makers of these articles have adjusted
3:45 their products to the needs of women.
3:48 Husbands buy for their wives, parents buy for their daughters.
3:51 Bernd Ramsperger says he’s never had so many customers.
3:54 “The whole of last year, especially after Cologne, the demand
3:57 for these products has soared dramatically.
4:00 Previously I sold around
4:03 10 to 15 pepper sprays per day,
4:06 but I sell around 70 to 80 per day nowadays.”
4:09 Going out… it just doesn’t feel like it used to previously,
4:12 Most women confirm this to us,
4:15 those we ask on the streets of Freiburg.
4:18 “Yes one is a bit more fearful. I used to love to
4:21 ride my bicycle to work, but not anymore, I have to drive the car.
4:24 I would have to ride over a farm road,
4:27 and that is simply too dangerous for me by now.”
4:30 “I stopped daring to go outside alone,
4:33 and I, I mean I come from Brazil,
4:36 where it is a lot more dangerous than here,
4:39 but I just never thought that
4:42 I would be afraid here in Germany all alone at night.”
4:45 “I wouldn’t call it fear, but I am more careful,
4:48 and many of my friends have bought pepper sprays
4:51 and alarms and stuff like that.”
4:54 “I wouldn’t go home alone anymore;
4:57 at certain times I would spend the night at a friend,
5:00 or I would ask someone to drive me home.”
5:03 “For us women… it’s a step back, I have to say.
5:06 It’s actually really sad.”
5:09 The group that includes Ann-Kathrin only go out and about
5:12 in groups nowadays, yet it’s out of the question
5:15 for the Freiburg girls to go out less.
5:18 “I’m the type of person who will say,
5:21 nonetheless, what was or what is.
5:24 I don’t want to be limited; I don’t want
5:27 my liberty taken away, that if I want to go out,
5:30 I will go out, and I’ll go where I want to,
5:33 and I will not let this restrict me.”
5:36 But they already are living with fewer liberties
5:39 when they don’t dare to go out alone anymore,
5:42 because they do not want to lose the fun of going out.