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Sexual harassment in Morocco: perpetrators could get up to 4 years in jail

Agadir, Morocco- According to the new draft available on the Government’s General Secretariat website, sexual harassment in public spaces or the workplace will now be punished by law. 

This is especially great news for the women in Morocco, and even for men who are infuriated by the harassment their sisters, wives or even mothers have to endure. 

This new law, drafted by the Ministry of Solidarity and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice and Liberties, aims to reduce the violence against women, and considers as sexual harassment any action or advances against a third party through acts, words or gestures of a sexual nature, or any attempts to reach a sexual act.

The offender will be faced with a jail sentence ranging from one month to two years, and/or a 1000dh to 3000dh fine. 

The sentence could be doubled, reaching up to 4 years in prison if the offense is committed by a colleague at the workplace or by a public sector employee responsible for ensuring the order and safety of citizens. 

Another section of this law underlines the punishment of any author of sexual videos- a disturbing phenomenon that has been thriving on technology and social media in particular.

The law aims to reduce the chaos such preposterous incidents are causing in the Moroccan society. Any person found guilty of publicly sharing recordings or photographs of nude women could face a prison sentence of two to five years and a 5000dh to 10.000dh fine.

This sentence is also doubled if the crime is committed by a spouse, family member or any person having authority over the victim.

 The Secrétariat Général du Gouvernement’s published law also addresses various other forms of violence against women including physical, moral and financial abuse, such as theft between spouses. 

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