Do Women Wearing Bikinis Deserve to be Sexually Assaulted?

Shameful Australian court gives probation to Muslim teen who assaulted nine different women.

By Michael Brown Published on April 30, 2017

A teenager in Australia pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting 9 women and girls but was not sentenced to prison. Instead, he was put on two-years’ probation. Why? The judge reasoned that, as a Muslim who had immigrated from Afghanistan, “seeing girls in bikinis is different to the environment in which he grew up.”

Seriously? This young man assaults 9 different women and girls on a beach in Australia, and the court only gives him probation because he came from a different culture?

A Closer Look at the Case

I understand that in Afghanistan, women are required to be completely covered. And so, it would be quite a shock for a Muslim teen raised in that country to come to Australia and see so much flesh.

It’s for that very reason that some believers who come from conservative religious backgrounds avoid going to crowded beaches. They’re not into the bikini culture.

I can relate to that personally, which is why I avoid crowded beaches myself. I’m no more comfortable surrounded by women in bikinis than I’d be surrounded by women in their underwear.

But I fully understand that these women are not asking to be sexually assaulted, no matter how they’re dressed. And it would never dawn on me in a million years that I had the right to assault them because of their scanty attire. God forbid.

You might say, “But you were raised in America, so this is not foreign to you. You understand the culture, which is similar to Australia.”

That’s true.

But do you mean to tell me that this 17-year-old teenager from Afghanistan thought that what he was doing was fine? That, as he swam in the water and “spent two hours grabbing women, aged between 15 and 24 years,” he had no idea he was upsetting them?

The court was told that the “defendant grabbed his victims on their bottoms, breasts and, in three cases, their vaginas.” And the Crown attorney, Nick McGhee “said the defendant was seen swimming up to his victims ‘in quite a predatory manner’.”

And he had no idea this was a bad thing? He had no idea he was at a beach where these girls went to swim, not get assaulted? And, after the first girl reacted to him, he still thought they were inviting his predations?

It’s bad enough that these girls and women have to deal with the trauma of being assaulted and groped. It’s even worse when the court sympathizes with their attacker rather than with them, finding a reason to look the other way.

The judge also noted that the young man had a difficult background, having lost his father in 2011.

But how, exactly, does this lessen his guilt before the court? How, precisely, does this mitigate his responsibility?

It is all too common for convicted criminals to have troubled pasts, and our prisons would be nearly empty if judges looked the other way because the guilty party was raised without a dad. (I don’t mean to sound uncaring here. I’m simply talking about a judge doing his or her duty.)

Let’s Take the Judge’s Decision to Its Logical Conclusion

As for the idea that the teen came from a different culture and therefore was not fully responsible, how far will the courts take such logic?

“Your honor, I killed my daughter because she disgraced the family by dating a non-Muslim boy.”

“Your honor, I poisoned by son because he apostasized from the Islamic faith and became a Christian.”

“Your honor, I burned down the TV station because one of the hosts made disparaging comments about the Quran.”

“Your honor, I butchered the cartoonist because he mocked the prophet Muhammad.”

“Your honor, that’s just what we do in our culture. Please understand I wasn’t used to your way of doing things, and I’ll do better next time.”

Would the judge accept arguments like these? Hardly. (Or perhaps this same judge would accept such arguments. That’s what is really scary.)

What if you came from a cannibalistic culture where tribal disputes were settled with knife fights, and the winners ate the losers? How would this play out in court?

“Your honor, yes, it’s true that I roasted and ate my neighbor, but it’s a cultural thing. If I had lost the fight, I assumed he would have done the same to me. So, can I go home now?”

The Message It Sends

It’s bad enough that these girls and women have to deal with the trauma of being assaulted and groped. It’s even worse when the court sympathizes with their attacker rather than with them, finding a reason to look the other way. And what kind of message does this send to other Muslim immigrants, who will surely hear of this court case in the days to come?

Ironically, if an Australian woman living in Afghanistan decided to dress as she did in her home country, she’d be lucky to escape a mob assault on the streets, let alone experience leniency from the court. Yet in Australia, a young man guilty of multiple sexual assaults is let off the hook because of his Muslim background.

This is being open-minded to the point of utter foolishness. It sets a very dangerous precedent too.

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  • Chris Mauzy

    Judges are afraid nowadays of rioting and probably for their lives if they start making judgements that are harsh. The Muslims have an agenda to force their sharia on us and make us hardly human beings according to their law! We need to move swift and fast legally against their customs and punish these crimes very harshly and send a message of no tolerance to their ways!

  • Timothy Horton

    Seriously? This young man assaults 9 different women and girls on a beach in Australia, and the court finds him not guilty because he came from a different culture?

    Did you not bother to read the article you linked to? The court didn’t find him not guilty. He pleaded guilty to the charges and the judge sentenced him to two years’ probation due to his age and the somewhat mitigating cultural circumstances. That’s quite a bit different from the porkie you told.

    I know it’s a knee jerk reaction for you to bash all Muslims but you could have least got the basic facts straight before swinging your club.

    • davidrev17

      “The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.”

      — Malcolm Muggeridge

      Timothy, that “[redwood tree] impaled in your own eye” – as this specifically relates to the judgmentalist “club” of which you wield against Christians et al. so effortlessly, under the hypocritical guise of the “Intolerance of Tolerance” at that – makes it almost impossible for you to not only discern this self-stultifying spiritual malady, but also negates your moral ability to “remove that speck from another’s eye.”

      “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)

      And besides that, from the perspective of your utterly vacuous, i.e., nihilistic worldview of atheistic materialism, or metaphysical naturalism – there’s NO such thing as “truth” & “objective moral laws.” So you might wanna’ figure-out exactly who’s logical/rational side you’re on; kuz you can’t have your Godless, thus MORAL-less “cake” – only to then try and logically “eat” of its MORAL-less implications.

    • Nobody Specific

      What difference does it make. So he was found guilty and got a slap on the wrist. The message he and others like him will take away is that Western governments won’t really protect their people from predators like him, and they can do what they want.

      The guy should have been jailed for a long time, just like anyone else would have for committing 9 incidents of assault and battery

      • Timothy Horton

        What difference does it make.

        In the world I live in telling the truth instead of lying about a person just because they’re a minority you don’t like does make quite a difference. You religious conservatives should try it sometime.

      • Timothy Horton

        What difference does it make.

        In the world I live in telling the truth instead of lying about a person just because they’re a minority you don’t like does make quite a difference. You religious conservatives should try it sometime.

        • Amy Unruh

          And you should stop belittling what happened to nine women and sympathizing with a criminal who hurt women. You are doing exactly what you accuse “religious conservatives” of doing. You are a hypocrite who cares more for a perpetrator than his victims. What’s your real motivation?

      • Timothy Horton

        Meanwhile just last six weeks ago in Holland, Michigan.

        Holland Christian teen gets probation for sexually assaulting other student

        “An 18-year-old Holland Christian student was sentenced to three years of probation for third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving another student on Monday, Feb. 20.

        Under the sentence, Bryce Joel Deroo will not be attending daily classes at Holland Christian, but will still be allowed to attend school choir events and graduate with his class. Judge Jon Hulsing told Deroo that sentencing was appropriate for the case, as it will allow Deroo to move forward, recognizing the consequences of his actions, yet still protect the victim.

        There are multiple circumstances that fall under the category of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which involves a person engaging in sexual penetration with another person. The circumstances can include force or coercion, the sex is with a minor between 13-16 years of age, the victim is mentally incapacitated or the offender is a teacher or other school employee. It is a felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison”


        This sexual misconduct involved dozens of specific assaults over a 3 month period, yet the perp got only 3 years probation.

        I can’t wait for the MORAL OUTRAGE!! from the OP author and readers against this monster.

        What’s that?

        The sexual predator was a Christian boy?

        Oh, never mind. Five “Hail Marys” and he’s good to go.

        • Nobody Specific

          Right, because one incident is comparable to someone committing 9 in succession. Sure. Keep trying there buddy. I am sure if you conduct an exhaustive search of the web you can find more examples. That really isn’t the point anyway. I would also argue this Deroo character is getting off lightly. Maybe jail time isn’t appropriate or needed in that case, but there is no way he should be allowed near that school or any school, let alone allowed to attend events and sing in the choir. At least not until his probation is served.

          • Timothy Horton

            This wasn’t one incident. It was dozens of instances of sexual penetration over a 3 month period. That’s compared to 9 cases of merely grabbing someone’s butt or breasts for a few seconds.

            The double standards applied for “good” Christians and “bad” Muslims here is disgusting.

          • Amy Unruh

            “MERELY”? There is no such thing. How dare you make it sound like a little thing! Who is the one creating a double standard? You! A crime is a crime.

          • Charles Burge

            I think you’re missing the forest for the trees here, but first, a few clarifications.
            The headline that you linked is worded awkwardly in my opinion, because it suggests that the defendant is a Christian teen. In actuality, he’s a teen who attends a school called Holland Christian. Now I disagree with Gary’s very narrow definition of “Christian” but he’s right that not every student who attends a Christian school is indeed a Christian. There isn’t really enough detail in the article to make a determination on that point. As for his case, it does sound like he probably got off too light, but I’m not in a position to make that determination either. I doubt you are as well.

            As for the case in Australia, I think the main point isn’t about is sentence (or lack thereof). Rather, it’s about the fact that the judge went out of his way to rationalize and excuse the defendant’s behavior on grounds that he’s unable to control his own behavior due to his culture or upbringing. If you really think about it for a minute, this is actually quite demeaning to Muslims in general. The tacit implication is that Muslim men are not able to conform to the standards of a newly adopted culture if they choose to move to a new country.

            Maybe they do things differently in Australia, but it seems to me that all people should be held to the same standard under the law unless shown to be mentally ill. Martin Luther King once spoke of a dream he had in which all men would be judged according to the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Were he alive today, I wager he’d agree that “color of their skin” could serve as a metaphor for any other external factor, such as cultural background or country of origin.

            Yet when I look around, it’s Christians and conservatives who consistently aspire to that ideal, while leftists and liberals continually try to frustrate and undercut that vision at every turn. I find that rather boggling.

        • Gary

          You assume he is a Christian because he attends a “Christian school”. That’s a mistake on your part.

          • Timothy Horton

            Yeah Gary, I’m sure he was a Muslin or a Buddhist while living in Michigan going to an all Christian high school.

          • Gary

            I don’t know what he is, or what he claims to be. But reality is that most of the people in this world who claim to be Christians are not. Certainly many young people who attend Christian schools are not themselves Christians. I realize that you don’t know the difference. But some of us do.

        • rainsoul

          lots of secular parents bring their trouble kid to christian school to make him/her a decent person, since in christian schools parents expects their kids to be taught high moral values, but if the kid is very problematic I doubt that would help much. (I’ve studied in christian schools and lots of non-christians problematic kids were admitted)
          what that guy did was horrible and he should be in jail for as long as the victim and her parents choose, but the judge system doesn’t work like that 🙁

        • J Smith

          Nope, it isn’t o.k. there, either. And yes, I agree that it’s easier to bash “the other” rather than one’s own. Maybe Mr. Brown will (or has he already?) highlight such cases. I don’t know enough of him to say whether or not this is shared simply because it suits his purpose and that otherwise the assault victims are thrown under the bus. I hope it’s not the case, but I know it to be true of the left and the right, and other groups. 🙁

  • Autrey Windle

    Rape is not about sex it is about power. No woman invites anyone to rape her by how she dresses. This male is a predatory bully of the worst kind and is a felon in any definition of a crime. This forgiveness of criminal behavior is to assault the women again by the court. Australia has gone bonkers in a heinous way.

  • Timothy Horton

    I’m real curious as to how the OP author squares this faux outrage over a 17 year old teenager grabbing women’s bottoms in public with his silence over a grown man, multi-millionaire real estate mogul and TV personality who bragged about being able to grab women by the ***** and who had multiple sexual assault lawsuits against him. The words HUGE HYPOCRITE come to mind.

    • Xeb97

      He did NOT state that he actually did grab them! He was merely mocking those gold diggers that would let anybody grab them by their private parts for money. And none of these lawsuits were backed by facts. Innocent until proven guilty. Typical liberal you are!

    • Nels

      Go away and don’t interrupt the grownups’ conversation.

      • Timothy Horton

        Get lost troll.

  • Gary

    The solution is simple. Keep the Muslims in Muslim countries and have women everywhere dress modestly.

  • Kathy Verbiest Baldock

    “I moved on her like a b****, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t*** and everything.”

    “I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p****. You can do anything.”

    81% of Evangelicals voted for this man for president.

    • davidrev17

      Well Kathy, since you seem to be playing the comparison-game: maybe the essence of that moral, thus political conundrum you’re addressing, goes a very long way in manifesting, or just nicely illustrating how many so-called “Christian” voters, must’ve viewed the even-lower “IMmoral” standards of one Mrs. Hillary R. Clinton?? Maybe a vote “for” DT, was really a vote “against” HC??

      • Kathy Verbiest Baldock

        I am comparing the president to the male in the story.

        • Az1seeit

          Um…this is not about politics, or the President. So again…what’s your point?

          • Kathy Verbiest Baldock

            Treatment of women by men at two levels of power — what is acceptable and unacceptable. Seems clear to me that there is a connection, but I hope I cleared it up for you.

          • Az1seeit

            Okay, I’ll bite. Why choose Trump, who only said things? Why not choose the President who is a known sexual predator, even rapist, to illustrate your point? Why give him a pass? In that case I might see a connection. As it is, with respect, I think you just don’t like Trump and want to cast aspersions on him.

    • Gary

      The alternative was Hellary. Trump was the better choice. And I still think so.

    • Nels

      Go away, and don’t bother the grownups, child.

      • Kathy Verbiest Baldock

        One mark of adult behavior is taking responsibility. I rarely see comments from people who do not cowardly hide behind icons. Quoting the president of the US is now childish? Perhaps his words lack mature and responsible behavior?

        • Nels

          Take off, troll.

          • Kathy Verbiest Baldock

            Commentary directly about the issue with a transparent identity is not trolling. Perhaps find a new word or comment — maybe — ” I don’t like what you have to say and don’t agree with it.”” That might be a more productive response.

        • Az1seeit

          Adult behavior…like Hilary Clinton owning responsibility for her criminal behavior with selling influence? National Security breaches? Criminal negligence in Benghazi? Her campaign loss? If that’s your measure, then according to you, we had to choose between two…um…children in this election. So…what’s your point?

          • Kathy Verbiest Baldock

            No, adult behavior on a more personal level. As in, I am fully transparent about my identity and name, and you . . . not so much. Again, personal behavior, not an extrapolation to another to get the focus off your own lack.

          • Az1seeit

            You’re off topic. According to your measure, neither candidate meets your standard. Whether or not I use my name has nothing to do with your answer to the question, which is, what’s your point?

  • Nels

    It used to be “Don’t blame the victim.’ I see it’s changed to “Blame the victim.” It’s hard to keep track.

  • Peter L

    So, will the prosecutor appeal? He should to be worth his money.

  • There is no place for Islam in this Century, nor this planet.

  • J Smith

    This is a backward step. How about all of the other Muslims with similar upbringing who don’t become predators of females? If this teen’s upbringing is a valid, mitigating factor, it seems that he shouldn’t be on probation in the very household that fostered his mentality.
    While I appreciate the point that some have made about the president who we just elected in the U.S., there was another president we kept in office not so long ago who had predatory tendencies. And he was considered “irrelevant” in the debate against our current president. Yes, one can always find hypocrisy, denial and minimizing.
    Round and round and round it goes. Where it stops, nobody knows.

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