As an expat, I can assure that if one ignores such offences then the situation aggravates with time and even an offence like catcalling (which some people might think is insignificant but is NOT) could lead eventually to even worse crimes so “Nip the evil in the bud!” Just for an experiment: Try for yourself being a woman for few days and if you get catcalled, I am assertive you would taste the fear, despair, and anger that women feel. I respect the other gender and since we are all equal, I expect the same from all of them (I say ‘All’ because I agree majority of the men are respectful)
What are arguments in favour of the petition?
What are arguments against the petition?
Mrs. Quell, your request is understandable and justified, but I consider the way to limit the use of the law to be completely wrong and very susceptible to abuse. Therefore I decline. This problem is already present in the current criminal liability of sexual harassment: - "Harassment is not an objective condition, but a subjective feeling"; - "A demarcation from social adequacy is hardly possible [...] actually the facts of the case open upopens up an area of application for false suspicions, threats, revenge actions.
I firmly reject your project because it would unnecessarily extend the legal criminal liability and lead to a legal situation that is very susceptible to false accusations between the sexes and will not lead to any real improvement for either women or men. What is needed instead is a new self-confidence/understanding for women and men, which in essence promotes a mutual encounter at eye level, instead of continuing to push women into the role of victims and generally defaming men as criminals.