A mob of young Muslim men sexually assaulted and harassed hundreds of German women outside of Cologne’s busy main train station during celebrations and rioting on New Year’s Eve.
Video captured Muslim men shooting off fireworks at the cathedral and police station in the area.
On Wednesday the mayor of Cologne blamed the female victims and proposed new rules for women during public celebrations.
Mayor of Cologne Henriette Reker blamed German women for the sexual assaults.
From now on women are to maintain an arm’s length width in distance from strangers.
The Mayor of Cologne said today that women should adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent future assault at a crisis meeting following the sexual attack of women by 1000 men on New Year’s eve.
Mayor Henriette Reker attended an emergency meeting with Chief of Police Wolfgang Albers and Wolfgang Wurm to discuss how to deal with the attack, where dozens of women were repeatedly touched and groped, with one case of alleged rape in the center of town.
“It is important to prevent such incidents from ever happening again,” said Mayor Reker, as reported in German by RP Online. “We have heard by now that they [the attacks] have occurred in other cities. This of course is not comforting to us.”
Hamburg also received complaints of sexual assault.
The crisis management team said prevention measures should include a code of conduct for young women and girls, and Mayor Reker said the existing code of conduct will be updated online.
The suggested code of conduct includes maintaining an arm’s length distance from strangers, to stick within your own group, to ask bystanders for help or to intervene as a witness, or to inform the police if you are the victim of such an assault.