The Weekly Standard: A Tale of Two New Year’s Eves

I have a piece in The Weekly Standard about group abuse against women in Germany and Sweden after the mass attacks in Cologne––and how differently authorities in the two countries have dealt with the problem:

This month, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, a government agency, reported what it called “alarming” new figures: The number of women who state that they have been victims of sex crimes more than doubled from 2012 to 2015, from 1.4 percent to 3 percent of the female population. Thirty-one percent of Swedish women report feeling insecure or afraid in their own neghborhoods in the evening—an increase of 25 percent from 2015. Twelve percent stay in at night out of fear of being assaulted.

Last March, staff reported that fewer women and girls now visit the Eriksdalsbadet swim center. As in Kalmar, girls and women seem to take new precautions in public arenas.

The rise in women’s insecurity is the highest recorded by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention since its surveys were introduced in 2006. But at least their country boasts a feminist government.

Weekly Standard.

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