A German rape victim admitted in an interview with Der Spiegel that she lied about her rapists’ ethnicities because she wanted to avoid sparking a backlash against refugees.
In January, Selin Gören was attacked by three men in the city of Mannheim and forced to perform a sex act. Gören, who works as a refugee activist and as spokeswoman of the left-wing organization Solid, told police her attackers spoke German and were a “mixed group” of foreigners and locals.
But twelve hours later, Gören returned to the police to admit she lied; her attackers were all foreigners and they were actually speaking Arabic and Farsi.
Gören explained she wanted to avoid the controversy caused when a group of migrants, reportedly of Arabic and North African origins, sexually assaulted and robbed over a hundred people on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. “What really hurts me is that it is a fact that the sexist and over the line incident that happened to me will inevitably lead to more aggression and racism,” she wrote on her Facebook page, in a now-deleted post.
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