Mother of Boy Raped in Austrian Swimming Pool by Iraqi Says She Regrets Telling Her Children ‘Migrants Need Our Help’
Tom Wyke and James Dunn, Daily Mail, February 8, 2016
The mother of the boy who was raped by an Iraqi migrant in a swimming pool in Austria, has said she regrets teaching her children to be welcoming to migrants and described the man’s defence as ‘just monstrous’.
The boy’s mother Dunja, who arrived in Austria as an immigrant in the 90s from Serbia during the Civil War, said she had always taught her five children to offer the same hospitality to new arrivals that she had herself received.
Upon hearing her son’s attacker’s claim he had ‘too much sexual energy’, Dunja criticised his defence as ‘just monstrous’ and insisted he should be sent to prison and then be deported. She said she ‘regretted’ teaching her children to be welcoming to migrants.
The boy, known only as Goran, had to be hospitalised with serious injuries and his mother said her son has been crying himself to sleep every night since the attack.
Speaking to local media, Dunja revealed how she was a single mother, who had struggled with little money but had always encouraged her five children not to judge other people.
However when she heard the Iraqi migrant’s claims that it was a ‘sexual emergency’, she immediately wished she had warned her son about the dangers of trusting strangers.
‘I couldn’t believe it when I heard that. I come from Serbia, and I spent five years living in a Caritas home together with people from many different nations.
‘You certainly can’t call me a racist, but to try and defend himself in that way is just monstrous. It’s like me saying I’m going to go to a bank tomorrow and rob it because I don’t have enough money for my five children.
‘I know that the physical wounds will heal, but the wounds to his soul may never heal,’ she said.
The Iraqi migrant told police that he knew such an act was ‘forbidden in any country of the world’, and he was not ‘always sick’, as he has a wife and a daughter in Iraq.
The Iraqi, who had been working as a taxi driver in Vienna, told police he knew it was ‘a mistake’ and did not mean to ‘scar the boy’, reports Kronen Zeitung.
At first, Austrian did not release details of the rape, on December 2 at the Theresienbad pool, to protect the victim.
The boy’s mother revealed how her son loves swimming and that she gave him three euros so he could go to the local Theresienbad swimming pool in the Meidling district of Vienna.
‘He was so happy at having the money, and after school went there straight away so I wasn’t expecting him back home immediately.
Three hours after school finished, I got a phone call from him and he was crying into the phone. I couldn’t understand a word he said, but then somebody came on the phone and told me: ‘Please come straight away, your child has been sexually assaulted.’
She said that she had rushed there straight away and was devastated when she looked through a glass window and saw her crying child sitting in a room with a man in swimming trunks who had handcuffs on.
She said her sister was with her, and the police had to stop her from attacking the man straight away.
The man had been in the swimming pool with a 15-year-old boy who was in some way connected to the man that attacked her son, and her son had been talking to the teenager.
Through the teenager, the boy had been introduced to the man, and when he later went to the cabin the man knocked on the door.
She added: ‘I know that the physical wounds will heal, but the wounds to his soul may never heal. I don’t want the man to be deported, I want him to be jailed because I have heard what they do to child sex attackers in jail.
‘I want him to experience everything in jail that child sex attackers can experience from the other convicts. And then I want him deported.’
Reports emerged on Facebook and police said they must be sensitive about cases involving migrants, who have ‘been through a lot’, but that there would be zero-tolerance.
However, police have now officially announced the details of the shocking crime.
Austrian media have also been following another case of a 13-year-old girl who is allegedly repeatedly being raped by her 26-year-old husband, who she married in Syria.
However, the teenager has not spoken against her husband, who is claiming that he has the right to have sex with her after their marriage was consummated, under Islamic law.