Report: Norway Is Offering Classes To Teach Muslim Immigrants Not To Rape
Asylum seekers from Muslim-majority countries are being offered voluntary classes in Norway aimed at teaching them about what constitutes sexual violence in the Scandinavian nation in order to fight what many consider to be an epidemic of sexual assault.
According to a new report from The New York Times, asylum centers in Norway have been mandated since 2013 to offer the courses to participants — largely young men from African and Arab nations — in order to teach them to “at least know the difference between right and wrong” when it comes to interacting with women.
As Per Isdal, a clinical psychologist involved in the program, told The Times, many of the asylum seekers “come from cultures that are not gender equal and where women are the property of men.”
“We have to help them adapt to their new culture,” Isdal added.
Course material aims at teaching participants that women in Norway have more freedoms than in their home countries. One course manual informs asylum seekers that “to force someone into sex is not permitted in Norway, even when you are married to that person.”
Norway’s first program started after a string of rapes between 2009 and 2011 in Stavanger, a city that sits at the center of the oil industry and attracts many migrant workers.
“People from some parts of the world have never seen a girl in a miniskirt, only in a burqa,” Stavanger’s former police chief, Henry Ove Berg, told The Times.
Of the 20 rape convictions handed down in the city, only three native Norwegians were convicted. The rest were immigrants, The Times reported.
“We had some problems in Stavanger because some of the refugees had sexually violent episodes with Norwegian
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