Region: Germany
Civil rights

It is 2020. Catcalling should be punishable.

Petition is directed to
Christine Lambrecht (Bundesministerin der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz), Dr. Franziska Giffey (Bundesministerin für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend) & Bundesregierung
56.784 Supporters 55.453 in Germany
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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.


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.

Thank you for your support, Antonia Quell from Würzburg
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Not yet a PRO argument.

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.

Why people sign

  • 2 days ago

    Ein Verbot sollte eigentlich der letzte Weg sein, aber in diesen Situationen gibt es leider schon lange keine andere Möglichkeit die Opfer zu schützen.

  • 2 days ago

    Weil wir im Jahr 2020 leben! "Catcalling" vernietlicht eine Straftat die insbesondere bei Frauen zu Angst und Verunsicherung führt. Die Aufgabe der Gesetzgebung muss es immer sein, das Volk zu schützen.

  • 5 days ago

    Wir Frauen müssen geschützt werden vor solchen Äußerungen und die strafbare Verfolgung sollte gesetzliche Unterstützung finden und jene welche sollten geahndet und bestraft werden

  • 5 days ago

    Men should learn to stfu

  • 6 days ago

    As a woman, I strongly agree that catcalling should be considered as sexual assault and therefore be punished by the law.

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