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‘Public sexual harassment’ could be made new criminal offence

‘Public sexual harassment’ could be made new criminal offence
But Law Commission reportedly set to reject calls to make misogyny a hate crime

Public sexual harassment could become a criminal offence under new plans drawn up in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard, 報告によると.

The proposals are set to be announced next week, による デイリーテレグラフ, after a review commissioned by the government in an effort to tackle misogyny and prevent men’s behaviour escalating towards sexual offences and murder.

But Whitehall source told the newspaper that the Law Commission would reject calls to make misogyny a hate crime.

彼らは言った: “The Law Commission is not going to class misogyny as a hate crime because it would be ineffective and, ある場合には, counterproductive.

“But it will call for a public sexual harassment offence, which doesn’t currently exist.

“It thinks this fits with other work the government is doing on criminalising intimate image abuse and will be more productive and better in protecting women.”

It comes after senior police officers backed making misogyny a hate crime 先月.

Calls for the change have been growing since Everard’s murder by police officer Wayne Couzens sparked scrutiny of “epidemic” levels of violence against women and girls.

But Boris Johnson, 総理大臣, had refused to back the move in October, saying officers should “prosecute people for crimes that we have on the statute book”.

“If you simply widen the scope of what you ask the police to do you’ll just increase the problem," 彼は言った.