Survey finds 65% of women in Greece have experienced sexual harassment

Survey finds 65% of women in Greece have experienced sexual harassment

*Content warning: This story is about sexual assault. It may contain graphic descriptions and strong language, and may be confronting and disturbing.

Emerging in October 2017, women took to social media to share their experiences of sexual harassment.

The #MeToo movement highlighted the potential for traditional and social media to work together to generate global interest on the issue.

Most recently, Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou accused a sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games.

Bekatorou said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation performed a “lewd act” after inviting her to his hotel room to discuss team preparations.

The athlete was 21 at the time. Bekatorou said she had made it clear that the act was not consensual, adding that she was left feeling “humiliated.”

This man, according to the testimony of the Olympian herself to the Prosecutor, is the current vice-president of EIO and Head of the Sports Office, Superintendent of Central Greece, Aristidis Adamopoulos.

A recent survey conducted by Prorata found that 7 out of 10 women in Greece have been victim of sexual harassment or abuse.

This took place at work (58%), on the street (53%) in a house (35%), in an entertainment facility (30%), at school or university (28%) and on social media (23%).

Moreover, an overwhelming majority (87%) said that it is not “easy” or “not particular easy” for a victim to find justice.

The survey took place from January 22-24, with a sample of 1,115 people.

Additionally, 83% of respondents said said that a victim publicly denounces such an abuse “to prevent similar incidents in the future.” 55% believe that it aims “to punish the perpetrator” and 50% “to open a public debate.”

Where to find support if you have been impacted by rape, sexual assault or domestic violence: