Posts tagged Sexual Harrassment

When I was 13, I was coming back from school and a man followed me home for over 15 mins trying to talk to me! Yes, my mom warned me about me these 'bad guys' but still, I was so scared and terrified. As I got home, I locked myself in and tried to calm down. I called my mom and the second she arrived, I saw him running to another girl trying to harass her. Now she had to feel what I felt and go through what I had been going through - what a tragic world we are living in!

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In Morocco, sexual harassment is literally everywhere, in streets, in transportation, in schools. Despite having a lot of laws to prevent it. People just don't care, when you ask them why did you sexually harass that person, they just say that girls shouldn't wear revealing and tight clothes, because when she wears them she seeks for attention. This is how they justify their actions.

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What would you like the world to know about YOU? What life experience, challenge or achievement do you want to share? What obstacles have you faced and overcome? Well, I am a 16 year old student and there is this particular experience I want to talk about. Every woman isn't the same, and I was still learning to fight against the cruel world at that point.

I took classes with a teacher and for some reason he always made me sit in the first bench. Slowly, I realised that the reason why he did that was to touch my hands and thighs. I, of course, didn't like it. But I am not the only one he did that to. But being a 16 year old girl, with no one to guide me and the others, we could never stand up against him. So we resorted to sitting in the last benches. Or told our male friends to sit beside us. After a while, thankfully he stopped.

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Sexual harassment and rape are very common issues in our country. There is so much sexual harassment happening, especially in public transports. It’s not safe for a girl to go to a place alone even at daytime. Because of that our freedom is very limited here. We can’t experience things, go out to places like the girls in other countries do most of the time. Girls are always judged by the clothes they wear, the way they act or talk, the way they behave with their boyfriend, that kind of stuff. Society expects us to be something that most of us are not.

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At 12, my school principal told me that my shorts were a disturbance to my male teachers who were all at least 40 years of age and that I should never wear them again. At 14, a grown man followed me home and tried to push my house door open. That is the true experience of a Moroccan girl yet my stories aren't even as bad as it gets. Must I speak of the girls that were raped and forced to marry their rapists? Must I speak of the girls that were raped, murdered and decapitated? Must I speak of the women who are abused and beaten by their husbands? Must I speak of the women that are raped by their husbands but forced to believe that it is okay just because they are their husbands? Must I speak of the young girls that are forced to marry men 4 times their ages by their parents? Must I speak of the young maids that are regularly beaten by their bosses and forced to give their hard earned money to parents that don't care about them? Must I speak of the young girls that are kidnapped and raped on their way to school?

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