One third of Serbian women have experienced unwanted contact

According to new research conducted in Serbia, a wide majority of youth have experienced at least one type of sexual harassment.

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Why this story matters:

The article recommended below reveals how sexual harassment among youth is widespread in Serbia. Although the research shows that 80% of youths have experienced sexual harassment, only 25 criminal charges were filed since sexual harassment was prescribed by Criminal Code in June 2017. Additionally, only 2 sentences were brought to court for these charges -- both of them ending in suspended sentences.

The main reason for this discrepancy between the lived experiences of sexual harassment and the number of filed cases is the on going debate in Serbia about whether men should be punished for harassing women.

In the era of #MeToo, Serbian people still don’t want to accept the fact that we are, by small steps, entering a world where it won’t be tolerable to say that only a persistent man can “conquer” a woman.

Women don’t want to be conquered, they want autonomous lives free from any kind of harassment.

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Details from the story:

  • Almost 80% of the young people in Serbia surveyed, both male and female, had experienced sexual harassment.
  • Nine out of ten women had experience one or more form of sexual harassment.
  • Eight out of ten young women and one out of ten young men had experienced wolf-whistling and cat-calling.
  • Six out of ten young women and three out of ten young men had received unwanted sexual phone calls or sex messages.

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