WATCH: Town’s Video Aiming To Prevent Sexual Assault Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

Written by K. Walker on March 4, 2020

It’s being called the “Rape Macarena.” That’s probably not very good for their brand…

Did they really think that a dance would prevent sexual assault?!

A few days ago, a Twiter user from Finland posted a bizarre TikTok video claiming that it was part of a 2.5 million Euro project attempting to prevent sexual assault future sexual assaults. At first, it was difficult to confirm whether or not this was true, because, as we all know, anyone can say anything on social media. However, the Safe Oulu project themselves issued a statement regarding the “disinformation” that was being spread along with the video. (More on that later.)

Tiina Wiik posted the video which shows five dour-faced bureaucrats dancing to a tune with the lyrics, “Stop! Don’t touch me there! This is my No-No square.” Her caption was, “My home town has launched a 2,5 million euro project called Safe Oulu that aims at combating the (migrant) rape crisis. This is where the money goes. Kill me now. At least, be kind and lobotomize me so I won’t have to live with this image in my head.”

In the video, two men and three woman put out their hand in the “stop” gesture, then cross their arms in an “x” over their chests, point to their mid-section, then make the “x” motion over their body, then arms out at their sides with elbows bent create a “square” than they swing their hips from side to side in a little “dance.”

Because nothing will stop a potential rapist in his tracks like drawing attention to your groin area and shaking your hips from side to side.

This is terminal stupidity.

In a later tweet, Wiik dubs it the “Rape Macarena.”

Wiik followed up the original tweet with the comment, “So the idea is, that if you’re a 10 yo girl trapped in an apartment with 10 horny Iraqis, just say: “Stop, don’t touch me there, this is my no-no square”, and it’ll be fine. I have no words.” 

She was referencing the horrific story that was reported in The Sun in December 2018 about an immigrant “grooming gang” that repeatedly raped a 10-year old girl. There was a problem with groups of migrant men targeting girls under the age of 15 and sexually abusing them.

SEVEN members of a suspected migrant grooming gang have been arrested in Finland for allegedly raping a ten-year-old girl repeatedly, reports local media.

The suspects, aged 20 to 40, are accused of grooming the young victim on social media before sexually assaulting her in the city of Oulu.

Police say the girl has been attacked multiple times at the homes of the men – who all arrived in the country as migrants or refugees.

Source: The Sun

The video was going viral and racked up over a million views. Wiik hoped that it would shame the city council to deal with the absurdity of teaching kids a dance hoping to stop rape.

Wiik was right. They couldn’t ignore it.

On Tuesday, the city of Oulu issued a statement about the viral video confirming that it was indeed part of the Safe Oulu effort.

The TikTok video Nopsa team made aims to encourage young people to protect their boundaries. The dance in the TikTok video itself is older and has its origins in social media. Earlier versions of the dance have been released on YouTube but since 2019, new versions of it have spread on TikTok.

These meme-like videos, which social media users then copy, are typical in social media platforms. Nopsa team participated in the meme video that is popular among young people. Among other duties, the team’s work includes working in social media and the video was produced without a separate budget.

Last weekend, the Nopsa team’s TikTok video was widely shared. Unfortunately, the video was intentionally accompanied by incorrect information such as claims stating that the making of the video was expensive and that the purpose of the video is other than preventing harassment.

Source: City Of Oulu

The statement itself, although attempting to fight “disinformation” is inaccurate with what it is pushing back against. It asserts that it was an older video and that it was meant to prevent the sexual assault of minors by having them copy it — which is precisely the claim that Wiik makes. The statement also pushed back on the cost, but Wiik notes that this TikTok video was part of a larger initiative.

The problem is that Safe Oulu thinks that this is a good idea and cannot see how ridiculous it is. This is also precisely the problem.

This Safe Oulu campaign gets the entire problem backward.

At the crux of the issue, Safe Oulu thinks that the onus for preventing rape is on the part of the intended minors who are victims rather than on the adult perpetrators grooming them or whatever their sick worldview is that makes them think that it’s ok to rape children.

But you can’t say those kinds of things because then you’ll be labeled a racist bigot and some sort of a “phobe.”

Here is the full statement:

During the last weekend, disinformation of the Turvallinen Oulu (Safe Oulu) project has spread through social media, especially in Twitter and on Facebook.

The main goal of the Turvallinen Oulu (Safe Oulu) project is to prevent sexual crimes against minors. The project includes six Actions. One of the Actions aims to provide children and young people with psychosocial support in crises as well as carry out preventive work. The target group also includes children and young people who have experienced threats, harassment or sexual abuse.

The supportive and preventive work is carried out by a multi-professional team Nopsa. The team consists of a psychiatric nurse, a social worker, a nurse, a special needs teacher and a youth worker.

The team works where children and young people spend their time, including social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat. The work done through social media aims to reach young people and provide information on i.a. how to protect personal boundaries.

The TikTok video Nopsa team made aims to encourage young people to protect their boundaries. The dance in the TikTok video itself is older and has its origins in social media. Earlier versions of the dance have been released on YouTube but since 2019, new versions of it have spread on TikTok.

These meme-like videos, which social media users then copy, are typical in social media platforms. Nopsa team participated in the meme video that is popular among young people. Among other duties, the team’s work includes working in social media and the video was produced without a separate budget. 

Last weekend, the Nopsa team’s TikTok video was widely shared. Unfortunately, the video was intentionally accompanied by incorrect information such as claims stating that the making of the video was expensive and that the purpose of the video is other than preventing harassment.

Turvallinen (Safe) Oulu project started its operations in the summer of 2019 due to sexual offences that took place in Oulu. The project aims to prevent sexual offences against minors. The project is estimated to continue until the end of 2021. In addition to the City of Oulu, the project is funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education, the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. More information: www.ouka.fi/turvallinenoulu

Project achievements by March 2020:

Action 1 aims to develop a learning pathway of safety skills for all Oulu children from pre-school education until comprehensive school. To date, about 300 children have been reached and around 120 parents have participated in parent’s evenings. The goal is that during the project, that all schools providing pre-primary and basic education in Oulu implement the learning pathway of safety skills. In spring of 2020, the piloting of materials and operations begins at four schools. Two employees work according to the Non-Violent Childhoods project.

Action 2 aims to increase the knowledge and skills of the professionals in the Oulu area for preventing sexual violence. The goal is to train nearly 3,000 employees over the period 2019-2020.  Thus far, about 500 professionals have been reached through safety skill education and 15 safety skills educators have been trained. This Action employs one person.

Action 3, the Nopsa team (5 employees) that provides psychosocial support has met a total of around 4,000 people, mainly children and young people. Most of the meetings have taken place in schools for example in safety skills education classes, during recesses and crisis work encounters. The operation started in August 2019.

Regarding Project Action 4, The Kaasilla youth work team (4 employees) has had a total of around 2,500 meetings in the downtown area at youth facilities and Valkea shopping centre.

Action 5 resulted in almost 50 peacemaking efforts by 500 young people. The Gutsy Go videos are on the City of Oulu Youtube channel.

Action 6: Measures to enhance the integration of immigrants are carried out by a total of three full-time employees, the most recent one of which began his/her work in early March, 2020. The integration of immigrants has also been promoted through networking. 

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll