“Belgium: Sexual Harassment Punished With Imprisonment Under New Law” by Ludovica Iaccino

Ludovica Iaccino describes how Belgium will institute tougher punishments for perpetrators of sexual harassment. This is an excerpt from the International Business Times. The source of this excerpt is http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/belgium-sexual-harassment-punished-imprisonment-under-new-law-1440582

“Belgium is to introduce a new law which will issue fines of up to $1500 (£901), or a prison sentence of up to one year, for sexual harassment crimes.

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According to the new law, sexual harassment includes making ‘a gesture or statement that is clearly intended to express contempt for one or more people of a different gender on the basis of their gender or to make them appear inferior or reduce them to their sexual dimension in a way that constitutes a serious attack on their dignity’.

The new law not only criminalises harassment on the streets and in the work place, but also aims at tackling online sexism, such as ‘mocking a stay-at-home father or insulting a woman for wearing revealing clothes’.

The new legislation was prompted after student Sofie Peeters recorded, via hidden cameras, the abuses she received while walking on the street of Belgium.”

This is a significantly shortened excerpt. To read the full article, please visit the International Business Times website http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/belgium-sexual-harassment-punished-imprisonment-under-new-law-1440582

Ludovica Iaccino is an international news reporter for IBTimesUK.
She also collaborates with the website iecoAfrica.