Douglas Murray

Norway syndrome: a new condition for Western victims of rape

Norway syndrome: a new condition for Western victims of rape
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Here is a story that needs little extrapolation.

A male left-wing politician in Norway – Karsten Nordal Hauken – has spoken out about his rape, a few years ago, at the hands of a Somali refugee.  The self-professed feminist and ‘anti-racist’ was subjected to a brutal anal attack in his own home. The culprit was subsequently caught and sentenced to more than four years in prison, though he is now free and due to be deported back to his native Somalia.

All of which has occasioned Hauken to speak out about how guilty he himself feels.  Guilty because he says that he is ‘responsible’ for the Somali rapist being returned to Somalia. He explains that ‘[I] had a strong feeling of guilt and responsibility. I was the reason that he would not be in Norway anymore, but rather sent to a dark uncertain future in Somalia.’ He also added that 'I see him mostly like a product of an unfair world, a product of an upbringing marked by war and despair'.

This is not the first such case. Among others, last year a ‘no-borders’ activist on the French-Italian border was gang-raped by a group of Sudanese immigrants but persuaded to keep quiet about her own rape in case it was used to undermine the open-borders cause.

Everyone now knows the term ‘Stockholm syndrome’, used to describe hostages who take on the perspectives of their kidnappers.  Perhaps the Hauken case could be used to coin the term ‘Norway syndrome’, an affliction that causes rape-victims to feel concern over the prospects of their rapists? There certainly should be a term, because I suspect we’re going to need one in our vibrant and exciting future.

Written byDouglas Murray

Douglas Murray is Associate Editor of The Spectator. His most recent book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity is out now.

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