Whistling after a woman, commenting on her appearance or persistently staring at her may soon be punishable by up to 2 years in prison. Such a change in regulations is currently being considered in Great Britain. – Every woman should feel safe walking on the street – emphasized the Minister of the Interior Suella Braverman.
December 8 British Ministry of the Interior The (Home Office) expressed its support for the proposal to amend the Public Order Act of 1986 and create a new category of “public sexual offence”. It provides for a penalty of up to two years in prison for street harassment of women by whistling after them, shouting offensive sexual comments or excessive staring.
Every woman should feel safe walking down the street. We put the needs of the victims at the heart of our decision, which means that criminals who commit such acts will face the consequences they deserve,” said Interior Minister Suella Braverman.
To prison for two years for molestation
Sexual harassment is already criminalized in the UK, but the government hopes that adding a street harassment category will encourage more women to report it to the police. The bill under consideration is to introduce tougher sentences for people who intentionally harass or cause distress to another person in a public place. The maximum prison sentence is to be increased to two years from six months currently in force.
FROM poll A study by YouGov for the BBC in March this year found that two-thirds of British women at least sometimes feel unsafe walking down the street alone at night. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, women under the age of 34 are the most likely to experience sexual offences, and are least likely to report them to the police. Concerns about women’s safety intensified after last year’s murder of Sarah Everard. A woman was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a police officer as she was walking home in south London.
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