at 09 Sep 2020 19:45
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Neuer Petitionstext: **It is 2020. Catcalling should be punishable.**
Not every man does it, but every woman knows the problem.
*Catcalling*, is one kind of verbal sexual harassment.
*Catcalls* are not to be confused with compliments:
*„Ey gorgeous“*, *„Ayy nice ass“* or inappropriate gestures and noises are not compliments.
Catcalling is rather the exercise of dominance and power.
Why does one do that in the first place?
The answer is simple: because one can.
** Let us all work together to make sure one cannot do it anymore.**** Verbal sexual harassment is not an offence in Germany.
A prerequisite for sexual harassment is sexually determined physical contact.
So that means sexual harassment without touching is okay?
** The solution to the problem: Verbal sexual harassment needs its own place in the law.**
Catcalling cases can be punished with fines, for example.
Neue Begründung: Even more important than the fines is the awareness that is being created.
German law should be a guide for what is right and wrong.
A law against catcalling demonstrates that verbal sexual harassment is definitely wrong.
Sounds abstract, elaborate and impossible to implement?
** In France, catcalling has been a criminal offence since 2018** and is punishable by fines of up to 750 euros. Catcalling is also illegal in Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands.
You don't have to be a woman and you do not have to have a daughter or a sister to be against sexual harassment. **The Catcalling Law applies equally to every gender.**
We talk about equality on a regular basis, but we are not moving forward, especially when it comes to legislation. Let us create a legal tool to defend oneself against oppressive and disrespectful comments.
**It is 2020. Verbal sexual harassment should be punishable.**
Unterschriften zum Zeitpunkt der Änderung: 36.350 (35.362 in Deutschland)