Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Raped in Bergen.

This weekend three women were raped in Bergen.
The police are looking for five men.

One woman was raped by two men. The second was dragged into some bushes on Bryggen, Bergen's most famous tourist spot. One guy raped her while the other held watch. The third was raped with a knife against her throat.

Three rapes like these are a lot for Bergen. All of last year there were only two where women were attacked by people she didn't know. Now there's three in a weekend..

Is it just me or does this happen each year when the students get back to town? I remember thinking "Is this what living in the city is like?" three years ago when I moved here, and it clearly hasn't gotten any better since then.

Incidents where women are attacked and raped by an unknown perpetrator have been extremely rare in Norway, but even this year we've seen an amazing increase.

It still makes me mad but I do feel I'm getting used to it. That's what happens - we get used to it, we're no longer shocked to hear these things. What do we do not to get desensitized?

One woman was raped at a spot I walk past every week.
Another where thousands of tourists walk past each day.
The third was seen by several witnesses, but the guy said she was his girl while he held a knife to her throat.

All you have to do is to put yourself in their situation. Take five minutes and picture it happening to you.

How bout next weekend we all form a posse and walk around town with home made castration devices?


  1. Sounds like a plan.
    Would a rusty chainsaw work?

  2. For a moment, I thought you were going to say baseball bats :8)
    Do you think the rapists are foreigners?

  3. I have no reason to believe the rapists are foreigners. We have enough scum walking around the streets not to have to import..

    I can say as this much... It appears (possibly due to the way the media chooses to portray it) that those who rape women they know, tend to be Norwegian, while those who jump someone on the street are foreigners.

    Much of the reason it appears this way is a series of rapes in Oslo earlier this year. They almost never happen, then suddenly several women raped, or attempted raped, I think all by men from another country, and who did not speak Norwegian.

    This, however, does not mean I think the rapists in Bergen are foreigners. Then again, there's two 'types' of foreigners - those you can't see are from another country (Europeans, Americans), and those you can see are from somewhere else simply because of the colour of their skin.

    I don't know where the rapists here are from, but knowing how the media works, I have a feeling they'd have made a point of it if they were 'noticeably non-Norwegian'..


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