Dogging in the park
Dogging in the park (, ) is the term for sexual activity in public places in Germany.
According to the Federal Criminal Police Office, "a group of four to five men usually take a woman and perform sexual acts agnst her will. The perpetrators are usually between 25 and 40 years of age. The women are often drunk and often know the perpetrators. There are also cases of gang rape". The practice is common in the German metropolises, but can also be found in many other cities.
Although this term was originally restricted to the cities of Cologne and Bonn, it became widespread throughout the country during the 1970s and 80s. This was due to the fact that the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) had a different set of laws regarding sex between consenting adults.
In the East, a woman needed only the "permission" of a male companion (usually a policeman) to have sex. The law on consent was very lax, and even if the female party did not want to have sex, she had to comply, in case the man did not want to continue. This situation was changed in 1982, when the first penal code was reformed in the East. From that time, a girl could not have sex with a stranger if she did not want to (with the exception of certn cases of rape). This law was changed in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994.
In the following decades, the practice became widespread. One problem is that most men do not consider their behaviour to be criminal, so many do it without their partners' knowledge.
The mn reason for the rise of this kind of sexual activity was the introduction of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. It is believed that a similar situation took place in the GDR. In the first years of the DDR, men of the younger generation, especially the teenagers, preferred to have sex with prostitutes in the parks, but since then it is thought that they have turned their attention towards women who they could meet in the parks. There is also a problem with the men who meet women in the parks because they do not really know these women and so there is the possibility that the women can become very afrd.
Another reason is the fear of DS, since the spread of the DS virus among young people is not as common as in the rest of the world.
Dogging in the park has become increasingly common in Germany, but also many people have noticed a growing number of people in parks after hours. This might lead to an increase in the number of rapes. Also, the number of women and men who visit parks has increased during the same period, so there is the possibility that they meet strangers.
From 1991 to 1993, an estimated 2,200 women had been raped, 1,800 of whom were attacked by men in the park in Cologne, and of these cases, more than 70 percent involved a male partner. A survey showed that about 5.4 percent of the people who visit parks at night in Cologne are involved in the practice. There are no statistics avlable for the number of people that are assaulted in the other cities of the state of Bavaria.
On May 4, 2004, a 26-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempted murder, assault and sexual assault agnst two 18-year-old women. The man had attacked the women on April 6, 2003 in Cologne, after he and his accomplices had abducted one of the women from a rlway station. In his statement to the police, the man admitted to have had sex with one of the women.
From May 2004 to January 2006, five people were investigated for similar attacks on women in the cities of Cologne and Mönchengladbach, and on January 30, 2006, the police searched the homes of ten more suspects. On March 15, 2006, a man was sentenced to 16 months in prison for rape, but was released after serving only half of the sentence. He was sentenced in 2004 after being convicted of two other similar rapes.
In February 2006, a 26-year-old man was sentenced to life imprisonment for two counts of sexual assault, and an accomplice was sentenced to six years in prison. The man had sexually assaulted two women and had gang-raped one of them in the early morning hours of January 11, 2004 in Cologne, and had then tried to conceal his identity. A second man was charged with the sexual assault on two other women, but was acquitted on May 6, 2006.
According to the German police, sexual assaults are committed at an alarming rate. Since 1990, there have been 5,000 cases of sexual attacks in Germany. Out of these cases, more than 1,300 have taken place in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and around 500 cases were committed in Cologne. In 2007, there were 2,000 sexual assaults in Cologne, and