Worden mannen in Iraq vaker seksueel geïntimideerd?

Een onderzoek van de BBC van de Arabische wereld toonde een onverwacht resultaat in Iraq – meer mannen dan vrouwen gaven aan dat zij ervaringen hebben van mondelinge seksuele intimidatie en lichamelijke seksuele aanranding.

Lees verder BBC.co.uk; Vertaling MT. Tekst foto: “als ik aangifte zou doen bij de politie, dan word ik niet als slachtoffer gezien maar loop het risico opgesloten te worden in de gevangenis”.

Are men the main target of sexual harassment in Iraq?

By Megha Mohan and Haider Ahmed

BBC World Service11 July 2019

A survey for the BBC of the Arab world turned up an unexpected result in Iraq – more men than women reported having experienced verbal sexual harassment and physical sexual assault. Can this really be the case?

Sami is 13.

He is in the toilet at his school when three older boys aged between 15 and 17 corner him against a wall. They begin to touch and pull at parts of his body. Initially Sami freezes, his body paralysed with shock. And then he finds a voice.

“I started to scream.” The commotion alerted other children, who called the head teacher. The boys were expelled from the school but their parents were not told why or informed of the nature of the attack.

Sami (not his real name) was then called into the head teacher’s office. What happened then felt – to him – like a secondary attack. He was told that the school would be treating the incident as a consensual sexual incident and he was lucky to not be expelled alongside his attackers. Sami would be given “another chance” to stay.

“Everyone thought I was acting in collusion with them,” he says.

Too shaken and overwhelmed from the attack, Sami chose not to tell his family, retreating into himself, and barely communicating with anyone for months. This was the first time Sami was sexually assaulted.

Source & read more: BBC.co.uk; Text on picture: “If I were to complain about being raped, the police are likely to see me not as a victim, but might even put me in jail”.