New Year’s Eve Sex Attacks: 2,000 Attackers, Only 120 Suspects

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A new report from German police indicates that 1,200 women were victims of sexual assault by over 2,000 mostly migrant men, but only 120 suspects have been identified. A new police report from the German Federal police (BKA) has revealed that across Germany on New Year’s Eve, in Cologne, Stuttgart, and other cities, over 1,200 women were sexually assaulted. Although the report estimates the number of potential attackers to be over 2,000 men, police have so far only identified 120 men, mostly migrants, and have little faith they will ever find the remaining 1,880, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports. BKA president Holger Münch noted that the sexual assault gangs, known in the Arab world as “Taharrush”, were a completely new phenomenon for German authorities and as such they have struggled with investigations into the assaults. The report breaks down the cases by city. Cologne experienced the largest number of sexual assaults, with a total of 650 women whose cases the police deemed to have merit.  There were a further 400 assaults in Hamburg, and the remaining attacks were reported in cities such as Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, and others. Of the 1,200 crimes reported in the BKA survey, 642 were exclusively of a sexual nature with only 47 suspects identified in those cases.