Saturday, March 2, 2019

Denmark: 1 in 5 migrants say rape is woman’s fault

17% of ethnic minority men believe that Danish women who dress provocatively only have themselves to blame when they’re raped, according to a recent survey.  

Equality Minister Eva Kjer Hansen of the ruling liberal-conservative Venstre Party was astonished that the number's so high.  

"I get really angry about that. Of course, such attitudes aren't acceptable and it emphasises the need for a debate in society about the values that need to prevail", Eva Kjer Hansen told Danish Radio.  

Hansen stressed that parts of the immigrant minority still doesn’t treat men and women as equals.  

"They still have the attitude that the woman's responsible for child-rearing and the man should always have the last word. There, it's not allowed to have friends from the opposite sex and it's okay for a man to defend his honor with violence", she said.  

Last year, another survey discovered that half of those found guilty of rape and attempted rape between January 2016 and May 2017 were immigrants, predominantly from Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq and Cameroon.

Immigrants and their descendants make up only 12.9% of Denmark’s total population. Experts ascribed this over-representation to poor integration and cultural differences.  

"These perpetrators, not least group rapists, often exhibit contempt for women, whom they accuse of being whores, that can only be exploited. They must not protest, because they go out and offer themselves", Christian Diesen, a professor emeritus at Stockholm University said, explaining the rapists’ train of thought.  

"Often, this attitude also reflects in the police questioning, where they behave arrogantly and besmirch the women as much as possible. They feel no remorse and can't see that they've done anything wrong because it's seen as the women’s own fault", Diesen explained.  

Another point of divergence was the issue of homosexuality. 1 in 5 migrants (or 22%) argued that homosexuality shouldn’t be accepted in society, that clearly contradicts Danish values.

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