What are sexual crimes and what is harassment?
Sexual crimes are considered serious issues. Despite their heinousness, they leave devastating effects on society and the victim, and make the environment insecure, including: rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Statistics have shown that one out of every five women and one out of every seventy-one men have been subjected to rape at some point in their lives, or to some form of sexual assault. Sexual crimes are defined as unacceptable behaviors such as touching in places that are not allowed to be touched, violent rape, and sexual assaults, whose psychological, physical and emotional effects extend to affect Painful for the victim.
What makes the subject of sexual crimes painful and complex is that the victim may not report the incident, either for fear of the perpetrator, or because he is a manager at work, or a person with influence, so the victim prefers to remain silent and receive sexual assault, whether it was verbal, touching, or complete or even violent sexual assault, without realizing that silence causes persistence of the aggressor, and that silence should not be tolerated even if the sexual violence is from the husband himself.
● The victim of sexual crimes must report the incident immediately because it by this. Avoid exposure to others
● Victims must trust that the law will do justice to them, and that They know that no one is above the law
● It is not allowed for your manager or any colleague to act inappropriately with you, regardless of their authority at work, and this is considered a crime of harassment punishable by UAE law
● Harassment is one of the types of sexual assault that can be exposed to. The person is at work, or in public places, parks, supermarkets, public transportation, and may be online
● Penalties for harassment in UAE law
● Harassers are perpetrators of sexual violence, according to Law in the United Arab Emirates
● The penalty for harassment in the UAE is mentioned in Article 359 of the UAE Penal Code, which is imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine not exceeding ten thousand dirhams, or one of these two penalties. Anyone who offends a female’s modesty, or attempts to do so, whether by word or deed, on a public road or elsewhere, shall be punished with it.
● The same penalty shall also apply to every man who intentionally wears a woman’s dress. Entering a place reserved for women that is forbidden to be entered by others is considered an aggravating circumstance.
● Article (358) stipulates that whoever commits an act publicly is scandalous and disgraceful. With modesty, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of no less than six months, and shall be punished with imprisonment for no less than one year, whoever commits an indecent act with a girl or boy under the age of fifteen.
● Anyone who incites passersby to debauchery shall be imprisoned for a period of no less than six months. Or pointing in a road or a place of public assembly Text of Article (360).
What actions and words are considered harassment according to UAE law?
● Asking for sex overtly, over the phone, or insisting. In asking for a phone number or sexual talk and everything that may carry a sexual nature, implicitly or overtly
● Showing intimate parts in front of a person or getting naked in front of him without his desire. with the intent of sexually arousing her.
● Looking in an inappropriate, lustful manner at a part of the body. another person and constantly stares at her.
● Tracking down a person and taking extra care of her without her consent. Contacting her and asking about her, and insisting on knowing the details of her life. Follow her and interfere in her privacy
● Asking for sex in exchange for a favour, even when the other person refuses the service.
● Facial expressions, which are drawing expressions in facial language that carry sexual intentions
● Issuing sounds that carry sexual overtones such as whistling and whispering. Calling and screaming are intended to draw attention
● Comments and vocal insinuations such as commenting in sexual terms about someone’s body, or expressing admiration for the way he walks, talks, clothes or a specific part of his body in a way that has a sexual nature
● Inappropriate jokes
● Chasing and tracking, whether by walking behind her, or by car
● Sending sexual images: whether via phone or video clips
● Sending sexual comments, videos or messages that carry . Unsolicited and inappropriate content via social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Messenger, e-mail, or any other social media.
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