SEXUAL HARASSEMENT IN FRANCE … WHAT OFFENDERS RISK …

It is summer and France is under a heatwave.   All – female, male, thin, fat, beautiful, ugly…  whatever – are wearing shorts or hot pants, the females in very revealing dresses and tops as well. Often when a girl/woman is raped people say: “Look what she was wearing; she was asking for it!” This summer, […]

It is summer and France is under a heatwave.   All – female, male, thin, fat, beautiful, ugly…  whatever – are wearing shorts or hot pants, the females in very revealing dresses and tops as well.

Often when a girl/woman is raped people say: “Look what she was wearing; she was asking for it!”

This summer, seeing a girl/woman walking towards me on a Paris street, I do not think that, but instead I shake my head at what she looks like, wondering whether she had not looked at herself in the mirror before stepping out.   I mean the rolls of fat, the knock knees and the cellulite are dreadful.  

Yet men will be men and sexual harassment is on the cards.

This is what a man risks who cannot keep his hands to himself:

Whistling at a woman: From € 90 to € 3000.  The big amount is if the victim is a child, or if the whistler is a known sex offender.

Masturbation or exposure in public: 1 year in prison and a € 15,000 fine.

Showing of pornographic images or videos in public places (parks, bars etc): 2 years in prison and a € 30,000 fine.

Kissing a female without her consent, grabbing hold of a woman’s bottom, rubbing against a female which is mostly done on public transport: 5 years in prison and a € 75,000 fine.

Upskirting:1 year in prison and a €15,000 fine.

Rape: 15 years in prison.

Upskirting, known by the English word, is something new in France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “SEXUAL HARASSEMENT IN FRANCE … WHAT OFFENDERS RISK …”

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    Ann Marie Ackermann Says:

    Wow! I had no idea wolf whistling has been criminalized in France. One seems to hear it less often (or is that just because I’ve gotten older and men aren’t whistling at me any more?). Let’s hope it’s going out of style.

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