A day after the first conviction for sexual harassment on the street, Rotterdam is expanding this regulation. The ban now also applies to harassing LGBTQ people, not only women, NOS reports.
The Rotterdam court convicted and punished someone for sexual harassment on the street for the first time. Everon El F., 36, was given two conditionally suspended fines of 100 euros each for harassing eight women in two separate incidents during the summer, NU.nl reports.
Two years ago Amsterdam adopted a proposal which made sexual harassment on the street a punishable offense, but since then the municipality has done little to address the problem.
The municipality of Rotterdam is making sexual harassment of women on the street a punishable offense. The city's General Local Regulation was adjusted so that anyone who cat calls, follows, asks for sex or bothers a woman in any way, will face a fine of up to 4,100 euros or up to three months in jail. This takes effect on January 1st, Security alderman Joost Eerdmans announced, RTL Nieuws reports.
PvdA parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch wants to make sexual harassment on the street a punishable offense. If he has his way, anyone who cat calls, whistles, chases or in anyway sexually harasses another person on the street, will spend up to three months in jail or pay a hefty fine, ANP reports.