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With racism against sexism?

Against sexual violence and its racist exploitation

During the night of New Year’s Eve numerous women* were subjected to sexual assault in the area of Cologne central station. The attacks appeared to happen out of a big group of men; at least 121 victims came forward so far.

The (supposed) perpetrators were described as having a ‘north African appearance’. This shift towards People of Colour as perpetrators seems to have increased the public outrage about the attacks. Usually, there is no such immense public outcry after similar cases of sexual assault and rape in this country. Rather, the victim is blamed for the attack or is accused of being at least partly responsible for what happened.

We think outrage against sexual violence is good! Connecting it to racism isn’t. Continue reading With racism against sexism?