Women were only saved from being raped by migrants in the Cologne New Year’s Eve celebrations because they were wearing tights, according to a policewoman.
Police Commissioner Sonja E, 26, was giving evidence before a fact-finding investigative committee of the state parliament in Dusseldorf when she made the statement about the everyday garment sparing women from even worse ordeals.
The officer, whose surname was withheld in the public hearing, told how marauding gangs of up to 50 mainly migrant men surrounded victims as some had their skirts lifted as the attackers attempted to penetrate them.
‘They broke down completely and just wept,’ she said. ‘They were completely overwhelmed.’
She helped four victims near the entrance to Cologne Cathedral on the night of the attacks in and around the central station.
And the room fell silent as she described how some victims were surrounded by up to 50 men at a time.
‘The men pulled up their short dresses and grabbed their buttocks and breasts,’ she added.
‘The four women I spoke with said the men attempted to penetrate into their bottoms and vaginas with their fingers.
‘But that did not happen because they were all wearing tights.’
The officer said she believed such clothing saved many of the victims from suffering far worse than just groping.
The policewoman said the level of violence on the night was ‘unusually high’.
Men with broken beer bottles were attacking each other.
‘I have never seen such brutally violent crime before,’ she said.
‘There were rockets and smoke in the air everywhere, people threw firecrackers at each other. That was not normal.’
A total of 1,600 crimes were reported on the night, most of them sexual assaults and robberies.
The attackers were almost exclusively migrant men from North Africa.
A leaked report in July revealed a staggering 1,200 women and girls were sexually abused in German cities during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The police document stated detectives believe 2,000 men were involved across various cities but that the bulk of the crimes were committed in Cologne and Hamburg where 600 and 400 sexual assaults on women were reported respectively.
One of the victims, an 18-year-old woman, had an abortion after she was raped in the mass sexual frenzy at Cologne train station on New Year’s Eve.
She was thrown around a group of men before eventually falling on the floor, where she was raped alongside another girl.
Her ordeal ended when a policeman pulled the man away and she ran home in a panic.
Out of shame at what happened she decided not to report the rape to police, and had never raised the matter, but did visit the hospital.
When she was told there that she was pregnant, an abortion was arranged, but she admitted she was not 100 percent sure if her attacker was the father of the unborn child.