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What Is Sexual Harassment-Sending Nude Photos?

A fifteen year old boy and girl were dating and enjoying life when the boy asked his girl friend to pose nude for him and she agreed. A few months later the two split and went their separate ways, but the boy was furious and threatened the girl if she ended their relationship he would send her photo to his friends. She ended the relationship and he then sent nude photos of her to all his friends. The boy was arrested on charges of sexual harassment, but appealed the decision. The Svea Court of Appeals over turned the conviction on grounds there is no punishable prohibition against sending photos of someone without their consent. Sexual harassment is construed to entail “reckless behavior” and a “notable violation” of personal freedom.

A key aspect of the court decision stemmed from the fact the girl willingly gave her consent to pose in the nude. According to the court once she made that decision, the boy had every right to send the photo to whom he desired.

Is there something wrong with this decision?

Topsy Turvy Egyptian Sexual Harassment Case!

Several weeks ago, in a landmark case, an Egyptian court held a young man guilty of sexual harassment, the first time this had happened in the nation. Naglaa El Emam, the lawyer who represented the woman in the case, Noha Roushdy, suddenly announced she was switching sides and would now represent the defendant. She learned that Ms. Roushdy was an Israel Arab which for some reason angered the lawyer. She also learned that the defendant had filed a civil harassment against a public officer in France and won the case. Perhaps, the nail in the coffin was a statement by Ms. Roushdy that her native Israel was a “respectable state.” Apparently, there is a move to throw Ms. Roushdy out of the country.

The issue is sexual harassment, not the nationality of the woman who was abused. The lawyer in this case has an ethical responsibility to defend any woman, regardless of race, religion or nationality.

Sexual Harassment Finally Punished In Egypt!

The first sexual harassment case in the history of Egyptian courts resulted in a landmark three year prison sentence being imposed on the accused. Sherief Gomas Gibrial, a driver, was sentenced to jail and fined in the first such sentence being imposed on any male who harassed a woman in Egypt. The verdict indicated Egypt’s courts are ready to crack down on sexual abuse on the streets of Cairo which result in women being groped, have their clothes torn, and forcibly kissed and fondled by strange men who assume a woman must accede to male desires. The Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights said: “This sentence sends a message to all segments of Egyptian society that sexual harassment is a crime and will not be tolerated.”

The defendant, Noha Roushdy, was assaulted in broad daylight by Mr. Gibrial who got out of his car and fondled her before jumping back and drive away. Most bystanders yelled at Ms. Roushdy for wearing clothes that led to the assault. It is amazing that women in a Muslim society that constantly decries the excesses of Western society allows such behavior on the streets of Cairo.

Legal First In Turkey In Marital Rape

The Supreme Court of Appeals in Turkey has accepted for the first time a verdict by a local court sentencing a person with the initial “H.A.” for raping his wife more than once. Although the amendment to the Turkish civil code making sexual harassment in marriage a crime was introduced in 2005, it has been implemented only in a limited way due to difficulty of changing peceptions in society. Hulya Gulbahar, a lawyer noted: “If a woman is forced to have sexual intercourse by anyone, including her husband, the offender will no longer be innocent by law. But, for the husband to be judged, the wife needs to file a complaint.” Gulbahar noted: “In most cases, women who are victims of sexual harassment by their husbands are forced to withdraw their complaints by their family or people around them. The same thing happened when Halil Orun, a Justice and Development Party(AKP) deputy, was accused of beating his wife. His wife filed a complaint, but the social pressure was so strong that she had to withdraw her complaint.”

The court sentenced H.A. to ten years for raping his wife more than once.

Sexual Harassment Legislation Passed In China

In 2005, the government of China identified sexual harassment as a crime, but never clearly defined what that expression meant. The legislature of Jiangsu became the first to spell out exactly what is the meaning of sexual harassment. Its new law states that “sexual harassment of women in the form of spoken and written language, images, electronic information, and bodily gestures is prohibited. Women can now sue if subjected to such behaviors.

China slowly, but surely, is moving forward as a democratic society. It will probably take another decade before it assumes a place in the world as a society in which the rule of law guarantees the rights of people. In a minor incident, last week the first migrant worker ever was elected to a seat in the national legislature.

Pregnant Marine Missing After Sex Charges

A 20-year old pregnant Marine has been missing for more than three weeks after she withdrew her claim that she had been sexually assualted. Maria Frances Lauterbach was scheduled to appear at the sheriff’s office to testify about the alleged assault when she suddenly disappeared from the post. She was last heard from on December 14, and her phone was found near the main gate. Her car was found on Monday near a bus station.

There is no doubt females still encounter sexual harassment in the service. In many cases, female soldiers are under extreme pressure to avoid bringing charges against fellow soldiers for sexual assualt because the military doesn’t want to project an image that such activities might occur in the service. Perhaps, if the environment for being able to openly discuss sexual harassment, individuals like Ms. Lauterbach might feel more comfortable dealing with issues rather than fleeing from disagreeable encounters with superiors.