New immigrants to Norway from Muslim nations are being offered classes on how to treat women like people.
Since 2013 the European country has been ordered to offer classes to teach the men about what constitutes sexual assault in Norway and to “at least know the difference between right and wrong,” Nina Machibya, the manager of the Sandnes center told the New York Times.
One of the course manuals obtained by the Times states that “to force someone into sex is not permitted in Norway, even when you are married to that person.”
Clinical psychologist Per Isdal who helped develop the Sandes program said “the biggest danger for everyone is silence.”
Many of the migrants come from cultures where women are treated like property and have no rights, Isdal pointed out.
“We have to help them adapt to their new culture,” he said.
According to the Times the classes started being offered after a series of rapes between 2009 – 2011.
Henry Ove Berg, who was Stavanger’s police chief during the spike in rape cases, said he supported providing migrants sex education because “people from some parts of the world have never seen a girl in a miniskirt, only in a burqa.” When they get to Norway, he added, “something happens in their heads.”
He said, “there was a link but not a very clear link” between the rape cases and the city’s immigrant community. According to the state broadcaster, NRK, which reviewed court documents, only three of 20 men found guilty in those cases were native Norwegians, the rest immigrants.
While the classes are voluntary some, including former Norwegian journalist and current head of the Human Rights Service Hege Storhaug, have called for them to be mandatory for new immigrants from majority Muslim countries.
“There are lots of men who haven’t learned that women have value,” Rohde said. “This is the biggest problem, and it is a cultural problem.”
Apparently so if you believe European immigrant Abdu Osman Kelifa, 33, who told the Times things are much different where he comes from in Africa.
“Men have weaknesses and when they see someone smiling it is difficult to control,” Kelifa said adding that where he is from, Eritrea, “if someone wants a lady he can just take her and he will not be punished.”
Talk about a clash of cultures.