Mayor Henriette Reker (Cologne, Germany) tells women to behave.

The Mayor of Cologne said today that women should adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent future assault at a crisis meeting following the sexual attack of women by 1000 men on New Year’s eve…

The suggested code of conduct includes maintaining an arm’s length distance from strangers, to stick within your own group, to ask bystanders for help or to intervene as a witness, or to inform the police if you are the victim of such an assault…

The attackers were described as North African and Arab appearance by the police. The Mayor has said that not all of the attackers were newly-arrived refugees and had already been known to the police.

Basically, then, don’t do anything to inflame the potential perps.

Whatever you do, don’t carry a mattress around. Also missing from the list are not taking candy from strangers, staying out of dark alleys, avoiding drinking, and dressing modestly – burqas optional for now.

Cologne’s code of female conduct is a message to women that they aren’t safe, and can’t expect State protection: The cultural values of misogynist thugs count more than their own. Mayor Reker’s bottom line is women are “asking for it” if they don’t conform to the preferences of a rape culture, because the thugs can’t be made to follow a code of civilized conduct.

I look forward to comments from Take Back the Night supporters and SlutWalk participants.

“Similar incidents as the ones in Cologne took place in Stuttgart and Hamburg”. Fortunately, Chancellor Angela Merkel is on it:

Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the attacks, but said that refugees should not be judged for the events.

“It’s completely improper… to link a group that appeared to come from North Africa with the refugees,” Merkel said Tuesday.

A police spokesman told DW that “the recent hints go significantly toward police known offenders, refugees have nothing to do with it.”

I’m sure the women who were attacked are comforted to know the Government that covered this up for two days says it’s likely their assailants weren’t refugees, but what do the refugees and the “known offenders” have in common?