By now, we have all heard about the #metoo movement.
In response to the numerous allegations of sexual assault which surfaced in Hollywood, thousands of women voiced their own experiences with sexual assault on social media as a means to promote awareness about how pervasive the problem is and how many women it affects. The movement attracted a great deal of publicity and continues to be a popular topic for discussion in politics, the media, and society in general.
However, another movement has just started several days ago in Germany called #120db, where women are spreading awareness of the rape epidemic in their country as a result of mass immigration from the Middle East and Africa.
The name for the movement, #120db, stands for 120 decibels, which is the pitch emitted from pocket alarms carried by women to protect themselves from potential attacks when they leave their homes.
The movement is not directing their message to the abusers, however, but rather to the German government. Lax immigration policies and unsuccessful assimilation aside, the women of #120db claim this is largely because the government and police have turned a blind eye and refused to acknowledge that the sharp increase in rape can be traced to recently-migrated men from countries like Morocco, Syria, Algeria, Iraq, and Tunisia.
The #120db movement sparked with the video directly below, which went viral shortly after it was posted.
In today’s political climate, the observation these women make would be branded “racist” and “Islamophobic”, regardless of whether or not it is a verified fact. Despite this, the #120db movement intends to spread awareness that the spike in imported sexual assaults is suppressed by the media and the German government and police have not done enough to remedy the situation.
As such, the movement claims Germany’s female citizens remain at high risk of assault with no assurance that the situation shall improve. Essentially, it appears their plight is ignored for the purpose of promoting “diversity” and avoiding “bigotry”.
Of course, none of this is to say all migrants, Arabs, Africans, or Muslims are responsible for sexual assault, or that they should be removed from the country or anything of the sort. Many who do immigrate adjust to their new culture, contribute to society and become fine citizens.
But it should come as little surprise that after growing up in a culture which places little value on the sexual rights and autonomy of women, a fair share of migrant men may continue violating these rights upon their arrival in a new country, and will not stop until forced.
Since the Cologne and Hamburg sex attacks two years ago, where police suspect that approximately 1200 women were victims of sex crimes at the hands of Middle Eastern and North African migrants within the span of a day, Germany has since strengthened its border security. But is this too little, too late?
The women of #120db certainly think so.
It is important to note that the statistics on crime are gathered in different ways depending on the area of Germany, and synthesizing them in any reliable way proves difficult.
Far right news sources have claimed the problem is horrifyingly out of control, while far-left news sources have claimed the opposite, and there are claims everywhere in between. So no one is certain precisely how much of a problem this remains today.
But if the #metoo movement has taught us anything, it has taught us that we should listen to the victims of sexual assault at the very least and refrain from undermining their experience unless we have assured proof to contradict their claims.
For our purposes, let us be wary of reports which try to fuel unwarranted distrust of minorities, but let us also remain mindful that the problem does exist and is still affecting the German populace.
What does this mean for Canada?
While we thankfully do not face a rape epidemic as Germany does, it is crucial to note that the same political correctness, the same fear of acknowledging the incompatible values being imported from overseas, and the same disregard for the dangers posed to the country’s citizens guides the ideology of the current Canadian government.
Several weeks ago, the Liberal government allowed Canadians who joined terrorist organizations abroad such as ISIS a free pass to return here and live among other Canadians once again, jeopardizing the safety of citizens who remained loyal to the country.
Justin Trudeau’s priority has been countering narratives he believes could incite Islamophobia and radicalization, but many Canadians are beginning to feel this comes at the cost of putting Canadian lives at risk.
Let us learn from Germany’s example that an obsession with political correctness takes us to a dead end. It shuts down our ability to tell hard truths which must be acknowledged for our society to progress.
It forces us into a box where offending someone is more reprehensible than protecting our citizens. And furthermore, it’s impossible to maintain indefinitely. When two minority groups clash, as is happening in Germany, you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
If you acknowledge the threat to women when you import thousands of men from countries with no women’s rights, you’ll be branded an Islamophobe. And if you refuse to acknowledge the victimization of these women for fear of being Islamophobic, you’ll be labelled a misogynist instead.
Our government can only play this game so long before we paint ourselves into a similar corner.
Let us hope the #120db movement receives their government’s attention, and that these women succeed in making their country a safer place.