"Together we break the silence. You are no longer alone."
On Thursday, Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced the launch of www.metoo.gr (#MeTooGreece).
The start of this initiative brings Greece one step closer to breaking the culture of silence and becoming a safer place.
The new government website aims to educate citizens about sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and authoritarian violence. It will also be used to provide people with information regarding the initiatives and actions that the government supports to combat these issues.
The MeToo movement is one that concerns all spheres of social life including home, work, sports, arts, etc.
Olympic gold medalist Sofia Bekatorou was the first to speak up and break the silence. She shared how she was sexually assaulted at the age of 21 by a male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation, during preparations for the Sydney Olympic Games.
Her voice encouraged many people who had found themselves in a similar situation to step forward and share their stories too.
Thus, the change has begun.
On Thursday, Mitsotakis also announced that “the penal code is changing. The penalties for sexual offences are becoming stricter. For minors, the statute of limitations is suspended until the victim reaches adulthood, with new age limits.”
“Greek society underwent a shock when it began to learn about its hidden facades."
He added that “the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) C190 Violence and Harassment Convention will soon be ratified in Parliament. Mandatory codes of conduct are being established in every company.”
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) February 25, 2021
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