2018-01-11 12:33:58 UTC
by Nima Gholam Ali Pour
January 11, 2018 at 4:30 am
Sweden has let in a huge wave of young male migrants, many of whom have
created an insecure environment for women; when these women have cried for
help and tried to share their stories, the Swedish media and politicians
have refused to listen.
The Swedish media recently reported that police no longer time to
investigate rape cases because of the many murders.
The main problem with the "#MeToo Movement" is that instead of relying on
the rule of law, people start relying on the rule of social media. The
number of "likes" or "retweets" decides whose experiences of sexual assault
are recognized. If you have not been harassed or assaulted by a celebrity,
nothing happens. If you were sexually assaulted by a nobody, nobody cares.
Interest and involvement in the "#MeToo Movement" has been strong in Sweden.
Internet searches for the phrase "me too" show that Swedes made almost three
times as many as the Dutch population, in second place for the number of
searches for "me too".
What the #MeToo Movement reminds us of in Sweden is how the issue of sexual
harassment has become very politicized. While many Swedes are eager to
expose celebrities who have sexually assaulted or sexually harassed women,
Sweden is still a country where sexual assaults and rapes by newly arrived
and illegal migrants is denied and concealed in the most vicious ways by
parts of the official establishment.
One of the clearest examples is a recent case where a rapist was not
condemned and his victim was blamed. On October 11, 2017, Arif Moradi, an
illegal immigrant from Afghanistan who lives in Sweden, was convicted of
sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Moradi had been appointed in November
2016 to be a youth leader at a "Confirmation camp" by the Church of Sweden.
At this camp, Moradi began to make sexual advances towards the 14-year-old
girl, until on the night of November 12-13, 2016, the most serious abuse
took place as the other children were sleeping.
The victim succeeded in fleeing to the bathroom, where she sent several text
messages to a friend at the camp. Together, the two girls woke up the parish
educator, Eva-Lotta Martinsson, and told her what had taken place. The
parish educator, however, decided not to report the incident to the police.
The reason the parish educator did not inform police was apparently because,
as she later told the police, she did not perceive it as "serious." When the
girl's mother found out about the assault, she did report it to the police.
Moradi was sentenced to probation and a fine for sexual abuse.
Moradi, before the incident in the camp, had been celebrated in Sweden's
media as an outspoken, newly-arrived migrant who had "liberal values." In an
interview from July 2017 Moradi said:
"Many have been subjected to terrible cruelties. In Afghanistan, there is no
talk about how girls feel, women have no rights at all. Most people do not
even know what equality and democracy is."
The article also says that Moradi is active in the National Association for
Unaccompanied minors, and that he has spoken in front of thousands of people
and even shaken hands with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven. The article
carries the headline: "They Care about the Forgotten Girls".
The same month, Moradi appeared again in another article in the newspaper
Göteborgs Posten, with the headline: "Society Has Forgotten the
Unaccompanied Girls". In this article, Moradi is described as a champion for
In August 2017, Radio Sweden reported that Moradi was organizing a sit-in in
Gothenburg, protesting the deportation of Afghan migrants.
Even after Moradi sexual assaulted the 14-year-old girl, the Swedish media
continued to celebrate him. Several months later, the Swedish media were
still describing him as a hero and champion for women and human rights.
You might expect that Moradi's conviction, when it was proven without doubt
that Moradi had committed the crime, people would distance themselves from
Moradi. But that is not how it works in Sweden.
After the sentencing, there was still strong support for Moradi among many
Swedish women. Several "refugee activists" expressed their support for
Moradi and wanted him released from the custody of the Swedish Migration
Moradi was also visited by a female member of parliament, Christina
Örnebjär, who represents the Liberal Party. Örnebjär said she wanted to
"have a talk" with Moradi and posted a selfie with him, but after some angry
comments, she took it down.
The 14-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by Moradi was attacked in
social media by left-wing activists and accused of lying. One woman wrote on
social media: "Good, Arif... What comes around... Goes around... They will
get their punishment!!"
Another activist wrote:
"Yes, little girls with long eyelashes can create a hell for boys, men. A
little crying and teeth-gnashing always helps girls, damn these pathetic
people, am throwing up".
If you are sexually assaulted by an illegal migrant in Sweden it is hard to
say "Me too": there are many activists and supporters of migrants who will
accuse the victim of lying -- even when the victim is only 14-years-old and
needs all the support she can get.
That Swedish media conceal sexual assaults by migrants is not exactly a
secret; it has happened quite a few times. I have written about leading
Swedish newspapers that have refused to report on sexual assaults by
migrants until alternative media outlets have forced those papers to write
Two things are clear: The first is that the issue of sexual assault has, for
a long time, been politicized in Sweden. The second is that when the context
of a sexual assault is "politically incorrect" and not compatible with the
official establishment's narrative about migration and migrants, the #MeToo
Movement in Sweden will often exclude it.
Sweden has let in a huge wave of young male migrants, many of whom have
unfortunately created an insecure environment for women; when these women
have cried for help and tried to share their stories, the Swedish media and
politicians have refused to listen.
The media in Sweden have never given Swedish women an opportunity to tell
how the European migrant crisis, which began in 2015, has affected their
day-to-day lives. It should not matter what ethnicity or background the
perpetrator has -- but in Sweden, it does matter.
The main narrative of official Sweden declares that all migration enriches
Another part of this official narrative is that Sweden is filled with
racists. Oddly enough, a lot of migrants seem to want to come to Sweden
despite the fact that Sweden, according to this narrative, is a country
filled with racists.
Considering this narrative, it is no surprise that a female member from the
conservative Sweden Democrats party was not allowed to speak about her own
experience of rape, at a "Me Too" event in Uppsala, merely because of her
conservative party association. The organizer of the protest gave the
"As a Sweden Democrat, she stands to some extent for opinions that go
against the values for which we organized this event and we chose to take
her away from the speaker list. I hope that she gets to tell her story but
in another forum."
It is obvious that the #MeToo Movement in Sweden has become something other
than a campaign where women support one another. It has effectively become a
platform for radical feminists in Sweden. For instance, Linnéa Claesson, a
columnist at the newspaper Aftonbladet, writes that after the #MeToo debate,
all men should call themselves feminists to show that they see men and women
That this movement has gained in popularity with Swedes is not a surprise.
Sweden is, after all, a country where rapists often get away with their
crimes. In September 2017, the Swedish media reported that the police have
no time to investigate rape cases because of the many murders. The reports
mentioned a case concerning a 12-year-old girl who was raped in the
municipality of Stenungsund. After six weeks, the police had made no
progress in the case, despite having the name of the person suspected of
raping her. There are many similar cases in Sweden; women have a right to
feel a deep injustice.
The main problem with the #MeToo Movement is that instead of relying on the
rule of law, people start relying on the rule of social media. The number of
"likes" or retweets is what decides whose experiences of sexual assault are
recognized and noticed. If you have not been harassed or assaulted by a
celebrity, nothing happens. If you were sexually assaulted by a nobody,
In Sweden, you get no support if you have been raped by a migrant, as many
Women who are sexually assaulted need justice. The proper authorities need
to investigate the alleged crimes. But there are too few police officers in
Sweden to create safety for women. Social media cannot, of course, replace
the rule of law.
Those who celebrate the #MeToo Movement, as the cover of Time magazine did
recently, would do well to acknowledge that the movement seems to be
conforming to different national contexts. In the Swedish context, sexual
assault and harassment are politicized and subordinated to an official,
politically correct narrative. Accordingly, women who are assaulted by
migrants cannot say "Me too" -- despite the huge support in Sweden for the
Nima Gholam Ali Pour is a member of the board of education in the Swedish
city of Malmö and is engaged in several Swedish think tanks concerned with
the Middle East. He is also editor for the social conservative website
Situation Malmö, and is the author of the Swedish book "Därför är mångkultur
förtryck" ("Why Multiculturalism is Oppression").
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