The Rape Game

Yesterday The Jerusalem Post published an article, In the wake of Cologne attacks, Germany may be grappling with migrant ‘rape game’, referring to the Arabic game of taharush:

Authorities in Germany suspect that the wave of alleged sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve which were said to have been committed by migrants from North Africa and the Middle East was part of a “rape game” that is popularly known in Arab countries as “taharush.”
The “game,” which is believed to be particularly widespread in Egypt, entails orchestrated sexual assaults by groups of men in large events attended by masses of people.
As part of the “game,” a group of men surround their intended victim. A few members of the group proceed to sexually assault their prey, while others in the gang prevent passersby from intervening. In some cases, the incident ends with full-on rape of the woman or mugging.

The existence of an Arabic rape game is pretty minacious, particularly in the wake of Europe’s admission of hundreds of thousands of Arab refugees — and the game has already spread far beyond Europe’s borders.

In India, where it’s known as saamoohik balaatkaar, and in China, where it’s called qiangjian, the rules are almost identical; young men surround their victim, sexually assault their prey and prevent passersby from intervening. In some nations the rules vary, such as Brazil, where it’s known as estupro coletivo, and victims are often assaulted by multiple members of the group.

Why then are so many young men around the world, even non-Arabs, partaking in this Arabic rape game? Because the so-called game of taharush is actually al-taharrush al-jinsi, which is simply Arabic for “sexual harassment.” Saamoohik balaatkaar, qiangjianand estupro coletivo are translations of the term “gang rape,” which is a serious problem in each of these countries, just as sexual harassment is a serious problems among Arab immigrants in Europe, but let’s be clear: harassment isn’t an “Arabic game” nor is it meaningfully linked to Arabic culture simply because someone decided to use the Arabic word for it. Rape is rape, in any language.

This post originally appeared on the blog Rational Consent.