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Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights

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Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants—most of them young men—from Muslim-majority countries.

In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony. Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, “offences against sexual self-determination” rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population.

This violence isn’t a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it. It’s a real problem that Europe—and the world—cannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women.

A refugee herself, Hirsi Ali is not against immigration. As a child in Somalia, she suffered female genital mutilation; as a young girl in Saudi Arabia, she was made to feel acutely aware of her own vulnerability. Immigration, she argues, requires integration and assimilation. She wants Europeans to reform their broken system—and for Americans to learn from European mistakes. If this doesn’t happen, the calls to exclude new Muslim migrants from Western countries will only grow louder.

Deeply researched and featuring fresh and often shocking revelations, Prey uncovers a sexual assault and harassment crisis in Europe that is turning the clock on women’s rights much further back than the #MeToo movement is advancing it.

ISBN-13: 9780062857873

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Date: 02-09-2021

Pages: 352

Product Dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born women’s rights activist, free speech advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author of Infidel, The Caged Virgin, Nomad, Heretic, and The Challenge of Dawa. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, she grew up in Africa and the Middle East, before seeking asylum in the Netherlands, where she went on to become a member of parliament. Today she lives in the United States with her husband and two sons.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part I The Unsafe Streets

Chapter 1 The Clock Turns Back 3

Chapter 2 The Fifth Wave 12

Chapter 3 Sexual Violence by Numbers 25

Chapter 4 Taharrush Games (the Rape Game) Comes to Europe 49

Chapter 5 How Women's Rights Are Being Eroded 61

Chapter 6 Is the Law an Ass? 79

Part II The European Establishment Abrogates Responsibility for Women's Safety

Chapter 7 Actions Have Consequences 91

Chapter 8 The Broken Windows of Liberal Justice 108

Chapter 9 The Playbook of Denial 123

Chapter 10 The Feminist Predicament 133

Part III Clashing Civilizations, Revisited

Chapter 11 The Modesty Doctrine 141

Chapter 12 Culture Clash 162

Chapter 13 Why Integration Has Not Happened 178

Chapter 14 The Integration Industry and Its Failure 205

Chapter 15 Grooming Gangs 215

Part IV Solutions, Fake and Real

Chapter 16 "For You Who Are Married to a Child" 225

Chapter 17 The Populist Problem 249

Chapter 18 A New Approach to Integration 257

Conclusion: The Road to Gilead 270

Acknowledgments 277

Notes 279

Index 313