Berlin Calls for Sex Education for Refugees After More Gang Rapes

Berlin Calls for Sex Education for Refugees After More Gang Rapes

Germany should show asylum seekers it has “no tolerance” for sexual assaults, the government’s integration commissioner said, as she called for targeted sex education for refugees, in the wake of a high-profile rape case.

“All asylum seekers should get guidance courses about life in Germany immediately after their arrival to Germany when they are still at the primary reception centers,” Annette Widmann-Mauz, the federal government’s Commissioner for Integration and a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), said. The courses, which should particularly include “comprehensive sex education,” are aimed at making it clear that “there is no tolerance for sexual abuse and other violent crimes” in Germany, she added.

As part of the courses, men with immigrant backgrounds who “have already lived long” in Germany should “make it clear to the new arrivals” how the situation with sexuality and equality between men and women in Germany looks like, Widmann-Mauz explained, adding that such issues should be discussed “in the native language” of the asylum seekers “if necessary.”

The integration commissioner also expressed her support for the violence prevention programs that intentionally recruit their staff from among men, including those with migrant backgrounds.

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