“Don’t shy away – speak out!”

Lebanese activists work on anti-harassment campaign, image Via Google

“Don’t shy away – speak out” is an anti-sexual harassment campaign launched by activists in Lebanon to address the problem in public places and the workplace.

“Raghida Ghamlouch, a social worker with the non-governmental Lebanese Council to Resist Violence Against Women, said Lebanon’s social fabric does not encourage victims to speak out.

‘Lebanese society is still macho and systematically places the blame on the woman,’ Ghamlouch told AFP.

‘Women are told it is their fault if they hitch a cab off the street, if they are dressed a certain way, if they come home late, and so forth,’ she added.

‘And for women who are adults, it is even worse: They are accused of having deliberately provoked the man.’

Another factor that silences victims are Lebanon’s unjust laws, which do not explicitly consider harassment a crime.

And a convicted rapist in Lebanon is let off the hook if he consents to marry his victim.

‘Even police mock women who come in to their station to file complaints of harassment or domestic violence,’ Hashem said….

‘If the complaints increase, perhaps then the authorities cannot discount it,’ Hashem said. ‘Perhaps then they will see it is a real problem.'”

So clearly the activists have their work cut out for them and their work is very much needed!

It’s crazy how world-wide victim-blaming for gender-based violence is, huh? From Egypt to India to the UK to the US of A and now Lebanon…I am tired of hearing that women are to blame!

Anyway, bravo to the Lebanese activists and may they help break down the culture of victim-blaming and empower women to come forward against harassers.

3 Responses to “Don’t shy away – speak out!”

  1. Golden Silence says:

    And a convicted rapist in Lebanon is let off the hook if he consents to marry his victim.

    This is disgusting. That rapist never had any intent to marry his victim…just another way for these punks to get away with their crimes.

    Sending my support to these brave women in Lebanon!

  2. Here’s a post from my blog, The Word on Employment Law, about the recent sex harassment verdict involving the female TV reporter in New York. Thought you might be interested.

    http://www.wordonemploymentlaw.com/2010/04/blown-up-breasts-blown-off-by-jury/

  3. […] a social worker with the non-governmental Lebanese Council to Resist Violence against Women, who stated that, “Lebanon’s social fabric does not encourage victims to speak out. … Women are told it […]

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