After the New Year's Eve attack of 1,000 North African/Arab men on young German women in Cologne, the Mayor of Cologne has given good advice to young women whose cities and towns now suffer from a population of foreign men who rejoice in sexually molesting native women.
Naturally knee-jerk feminists have complained about her advice, stupidly claiming Frau Reker is blaming the victims. However, the mayor's counsel is indeed helpful, as any woman who has been harassed on a German street by a foreigner has reason to know. Germans tend to mind their own business, but they hate disorder, so if you are being bothered by a young man while waiting for a tram in Frankfurt, for example, the best thing to do is to ask the nearest middle-aged to elderly German for help.
As early as 1999, there was a similar (if smaller) crowd of young North African men occupying the steps of the Gare de Sud in Paris at 1 AM, hooting and shouting. The problem of culturally-confident "foreign" men molesting European women is not split-new. Obviously migrants and the children of migrants from deeply misogynist countries should be educated or reprogrammed to understand and believe that such treatment of women--any women--is shameful. But how much work does it take to convince such men?
Obviously it hasn't been done yet, and Europeans should be demanding that it is done. In the meantime, women should be careful. Groups of migrant men, exulting in the strength of numbers, sometimes take out their resentment of their new circumstances on the local women. Not too long ago, two women in Edinburgh, themselves migrants, were snatched at and even struck by a band of drunken young Eastern European men passing them outside the Balmoral Hotel. Afterwards, the elder prepared for future outrages by learning "God will punish you" in Polish and has determined to learn this phrase in Russian, too.
Newsflash: Sexism and racism/tribalism go hand in hand. Men treating foreign-to-them women like crap is as old as rape in warfare. Russians (Americans, British, French) yesterday, North Africans today--poor German women.
That said, not all young Scots milling the streets of Edinburgh are Sir Galahad incarnate to the lassies. Generally a Ned (i.e. "Non-Educated Delinquent") will not attack a female stranger in the street, but if he is making rude remarks (e.g. about "poofs") and a girl reproves him, he may very well decide this proof of courage makes her an honorary man and hit her in the face.
The best policy in Central Belt Scotland is to put geographical distance between yourself and the Scottish drunk, and if this is impossible, to respond in a friendly fashion to his (or her) conversational overtures and fake Scottish-style hey-fellow-well-met amiability until you can pay your bill/get off the train.