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France might soon criminalize street harassment and catcalling

France might soon criminalize street harassment and catcalling
19 Oct 2017
  • France might soon have a law to punish men on the spot for street harassment including catcalling.
  • The government will set up a task force consisting politicians, cops and court officials to determine what constitutes sexual harassment, Gender Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa said.
  • Citizens' feedback will also be taken on the proposed legislation. MPs will vote on the bill next year.

  • As #MeToo trended worldwide, French women took to #balancetonporc
    Campaign
  • As women around the world trended the #MeToo campaign, those in France talked about #balancetonporc ("squeal on your pig"), initiated by radio journalist Sandra Muller.
  • She called upon women to publicly shame their attackers.
  • The hashtag topped France's Twitter trending last weekend.
  • The two campaigns came as a series of renowned artists, mostly actresses, leveled sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

  • Some countries have criminalized street harassment
    Law
  • According to Schiappa, the bill is "necessary because street harassment is not defined".
  • The bill will also deal with sexual assaults on children; recently, a Paris court shockingly ruled an 11-year-old had consented to sex with a 28-year-old.
  • President Emmanuel Macron earlier said he would strip Weinstein of the Legion D'Honneur award.
  • Street harassment is already illegal in some countries including Argentina and Portugal.



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