Islamic Rape of Europe : Hype? Justified Claim?

Update 2018 11 29: Appended links to related interviews by Ezra Levant

The Islamic Rape of Europe is an exaggeration, but it became a world-wide concern after numerous instances of sexual groping of women on New Years Eve in Cologne, Germany.  What is the truth?  Are the growing public concerns over increasing numbers of rapes and other violent crimes by immigrants in Europe justified?  Perhaps.

The Islamic Rape of Europe : Sexual assaults by immigrants a growing concern in Europe

Sexual assaults by immigrants a growing concern in Europe

No link was identified with that image. The claim that the image on the magazine cover is exploding across Europe is at best an exaggeration, if not outright hype.  If such an explosion were happening, we would most certainly notice it being mentioned in the media.  That does not mean that such an explosion did not happen.  It appears to be at least a somewhat justified claim.

Still, is the image a realistic depiction? When and where it was published?  Was there a Polish magazine that did publish such an image on its cover, and was there ever anything in the way of publicity that could be considered an explosion across Europe?  In other words, the 5 Ws (what, when, where, who and why) serve to differentiate real news from fake news.  Some digging provided answers.

Yes, there was what could be considered an awakening of public concern about sexual assaults by immigrants.  It was sparked by hundreds (some say, more than a thousand) of incidents of sexual assaults by migrants of which perhaps none had escalated to actual rape involving penetration.  That was perhaps little or somewhat less traumatic to the victims of gang groping than actual rapes would have been.  The severity of such things are in the eye of the beholder, even according to the laws of liberal Germany.  The incidents took place in and around the large plaza that separates the Cologne Cathedral from the main railroad station in Cologne, New Years Eve 2015, almost three years ago.

The event received the world-wide attention it had deserved, a few days after it had occurred, after attempts by politicians and other powers to downplay and censor reports of the extent of it had failed (in spite of numerous, official complaints having been filed with the police that many prominent officials kept denying).

So much for the motivation for the image that ‘exploded across Europe’.  Was there a Polish magazine that had published it, and did the image (and the associated article) explode across Europe?  Yes (“wSieci”: ‘Islamic Rape of Europe‘ published on February 13, 2016) and, yes, the cover page of the magazine showed the image of concern.   Some digging produced this:

A reverse image search resulted in a list of the most likely sources, ranked as to which were most likely the source of the image.  The most likely source, a ‘SPIEGEL ONLINE’ English-language article:

Fact-Check

Is There Truth To Refugee Rape Reports?

Right-wing websites claim that Germany is facing an alleged epidemic of rape cases committed by refugees, fueling panic about the recent influx of foreigners and the safety of women in the country. We investigated one site’s reports and found many problems with them. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
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That article does not include or provide an image or version of the image of concern.  Although it downplays allegations of a rape or crime crisis posed by immigrants, interestingly, it provides the following graphic and comments, as well as reported facts that surely indicate otherwise.

Criminal offenses against sexual self-determination

The role of immigrants in criminal offenses against sexual self-determination
(‘criminal offenses against sexual self-determination’ is apparently the German equivalent of the catch-all phrase ‘sexual assault’, which would include groping as well as rape with penetration)

The third paragraph following that graph in the article states:

…Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann announced shortly before the German federal election last September that the number of rapes and serious sexual abuses had risen in Bavaria during the first half of 2017 by 47.9 percent. He said 126 of the 685 crimes could be attributed to immigrants, 91 percent more than in the same period the previous year. The latter statistic roughly reflects the findings of the BKA, but the Bavarian crime statistics additionally count those who have been granted asylum as part of its figures for the category of immigrants.

That is critical, because it implies that the statistics shown in the graph seriously understate the magnitude of the problem of sexual assaults by migrants.  The BKA (which stands for Bundeskriminalamt, the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation) is the source of the numbers in the graph.  The numbers apparently do not take into account crimes committed by migrants who do not have recognized immigrant status.

The article requires discerning reading, as it is not always that clear on the somewhat indirect distinction between the reality that faces the German voters and the wishful thinking that their leaders wish them to become indoctrinated with.

Take the suggestion in the article section that asks,

Did New Groping Offense Shift Statistics?

Pickert, 54, a deputy police commissioner in Bavaria, ties the rise in reports of sexual offenses to several factors. One is that many German citizens first learned that groping was a punishable offense following the debate over the Cologne attacks. And a change in the law in 2016 meant that groping is no longer solely punishable as an insult, but is now explicitly considered to be sexual harassment. Previously, groping had been absent from the statistics on sexual offenses maintained by police, but now such incidents are included. “It’s that and not some change in everyday reality that explains the sudden surge in the number of crimes reported,” Pickert explains.

The article attempts but fails to fully explain why it was not German citizens but so-called asylum seekers (mostly economic migrants) who partook of the novel experience by putting it into practice, nor – considering the gradual escalation of the frequency of sexual offences over a three-year period from 2014 to 2016 – why such offences by German citizens had declined, while experiencing a massive increase that coincided with a massive increase in the number of migrants who swelled the numbers of German residents over the course of the years from 2014 to 2016.

The confusion generated by the article is in no way lessened by the assertion that:

The public does, in fact, only hear about a small number of the sexual assaults that are committed each year, although this is not because they are covered up. There are so many that you could fill an entire newspaper with reports about them every day. According to police crime statistics, approximately 47,401 alleged criminal offenses against sexual self-determination were recorded in 2016, committed by Germans as well as by non-Germans. That represents about 130 reported crimes per day. The true number is likely much higher than that, but many victims don’t go to the police.

The reluctance of victims of sexual assault to report those assaults to the police is hardly surprising, given that it took more than a hundred of such reports in consequence of New Years Eve celebration in just one location in one city to make an impression that somewhat lessened. eventually, after a few days, the reluctance of politicians and the media and moved them to admit that they had invited a problem that had grown out of control.

It seems that no title page for any edition of ‘Der Spiegel’ carried the image of concern in relation to the article on the Islamic Rape of Europe.  Perhaps, more importantly, the search return list does not appear to include a link to a Polish magazine article that includes the image or a reference to ‘The rape of Europe’, at least not in the top-ranked, most likely articles.

However, the collection of linked thumbnail images (the second thumbnail) provided on the search return list for the reverse image search provides a link to an article that contains a commentary about a Polish-language article, »“The Islamic Rape Of Europe” – A Polish Magazine’s Shocking Cover«, by Tyler Durden, Wed, 02/17/2016, that fails to provide a link to the Polish article.

An apparently more accurate copy of the front page of the Polish magazine is contained in this article, ‘Islamic Rape of Europe‘, attributed to a Breitbart article, dated  17 Feb 2016,  on the same topic.  The subheader in the Breitbart article states:

“One of Poland’s most popular weekly magazines has splashed a graphic depiction of the rape of Europe’s women by migrants on its front cover. The image may be one of the most politically incorrect illustrations of the migrant crisis to date.”

The title of that article permits a search that leads to the Polish source of the image of concern.  A search for Islamic Rape of Europe will permit to determine the extent to which that magazine cover was not only “exploding across Europe” but throughout the world. Nevertheless, if one can believe what Google Trends indicates, the “Islamic Rape of Europe” left no impression:

According to Google Trends, the "Islamic Rape of Europe" made no impression

According to Google Trends, the “Islamic Rape of Europe” (published 2016 02 13) made no impression on the extent of public interest

The blue line in the graph by Google Trends is incongruous.  It shows not even the slightest blip for the middle of February 2016, even though February 13, 2016 was the date on which SIECI, the Polish weekly magazine had published an article titled Islamic Rape of Europe (Polish title: Islamski gwałt na Europę) with a cover photo that became the focus of about 800,000 to 4.5 million (depending on how a search for the article is formulated) articles across the world.  The articles were published.  They are accessible on the Internet, but Google Trends shows not even a blip during the month when that had happened.  Why is that?

There is an explanation: Google search algorithms.  The title for this blog posting, Islamic Rape of Europe : Hype? Justified Claim?, can serve to illustrate how the inclusion of a popular phrase in the title of an article or blog posting on the Internet will most likely cause the article to be ranked low on search return lists. A search engine optimization tool like Yoast SEO will make a strong recommendation not to include such a phrase in the title:

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That leaves the author of an article with a title that contains a popular phrase in a quandary.  He can decide whether the subject he is writing about will rank high, by not mentioning it in the title (which will make it somewhat more difficult to find, for which reason it will be ranked low on search return lists, as it is less likely to be found), or he can be very explicit and quote the phrase or any of its synonyms and suffer the consequence of having it ranked low because it does not meet search engine optimization standards.

No doubt, Google’s team of search algorithm experts (comprising thousands of employees and contractors) have means to elevate politically correct key phrase to cause higher ranking, and corresponding solutions for politically incorrect phrases.  An author of an article or blog posting can only guess and suffer the consequences of the decisions he makes.  My decision was to leave the phrase Islamic Rape of Europe intact but not to identify it as a key phrase and to identify the adjective (Islamic), noun (Rape) and name (Europe) as key words.

People who search the Internet for Islamic Rape of Europe will be able to find the article of they include the character string +islamic +rape +europe in their search string.  If they should happen to find the article, they will be lucky, and they better bookmark it, so that the next time they need to look it up, they will be able to do so in an instant.  Unfortunately, none of that will leave much of an impression on the ranking of the article nor make much of a mark in graphs produced by Google Trends for Islamic Rape of Europe, not even in the unlikely event that the article were to go viral.


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