According to Oslo police spokeswoman Hanne Kristine Rohde, in Oslo all identified sexual assaults involving rape in the past year have been committed by men of non-western background. This was the conclusion of a police report published few days ago.
This means that every single rape assault in the last five years, where the rapist could be identified, was a man of foreign origin. The young girl we are about to meet was raped about two years ago. As she entered her apartment she was assaulted and endured hours of the threats, violence and rape by a man unknown to her. She will be struggling with this experience for the rest of her life.
“I have found it difficult to go out shopping on my own because I felt anxious. I was simply too afraid to go out the door, and had problems contacting and speaking to friends and family and simply live a normal life.” said the woman.
In April a few weeks ago, four women were assaulted and raped on the same night. None of the perpetrators has yet been found. Today, the Oslo police presented the total figures revealing how in the past year, all sexual assaults involving rape have been committed by men of non-western background. These statistics are indeed troubling. From 2005-2010 a total of 86 sexual assaults involving rape were reported, in 83 cases the man was described as having “non-western appearances”. These are all the cases in which the perpetrator could be identified by the victim.
Most of the perpetrators who commit these rapes are on the edge of society, often unemployed, arriving from traumatized countries. Most of them are asylum seekers.
This girl was raped by a man of Pakistani heritage, she is an ethnic Norwegian as in almost all victims who were assaulted and then raped. “He said that he had the right to do exactly as he wanted to a woman. Why? Because that is how it was in his religion. Women did not have rights or opinions. He was in charge.” said the Norwegian victim.
The way women are viewed is at least one of the questions we have to ask in order to understanding the motive of the perpetrators. It should not stand on its own, as a stigma, but it is an element we must have the courage to address.
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