They work to prevent situations of sexual harassment in groups

May 12, 2022 – 09:45
In a training, tools were provided to help the victim in public transport. Staff from Saeta and HR from the companies participated.

With the aim of preventing situations of sexual harassment in the groups that circulate in the metropolitan area of ​​Salta, from the Secretariat of Citizen Participation and Relations with the Community of the Province they provided training for Saeta personnel and representatives of the Resources area Humans of the operating companies of the corridors.

The training course on “How to act in situations of harassment in groups” lasted one hour and was in charge of the Pescar Foundation, through the “Stand Up against street harassment” program.

This proposal, among others, arose from the meeting of the Salta Public Innovation Laboratory, which was held for two days in October last year, in which numerous social organizations, public bodies and companies participated.

On this occasion, the issue of street sexual harassment in Salta was discussed, after the statistics prepared by the organization Mujeres de la Matria Latinoamericana (Mumalá) in relation to this problem were known.

After this training, Saeta prepared written and audiovisual material to support the work that they will do from Human Resources of the bus companies to transmit the knowledge acquired in the training between drivers and inspectors. From the Government they aspire to take the proposal to the municipalities of the interior where there are public transport services.

Concerning data

In the province of Salta, sexual harassment constitutes a contravention and can be denounced. Since the end of last year, Law No. 8,277 has been in force, incorporating article 115 of the Contravencional Code of the Province of Salta. This can lead to arrest for up to 20 days or equivalent fine.

Worrying data emerged from the last survey carried out by Mumalá on situations of harassment against women in public spaces. In this framework, last year 351 women were surveyed in Salta capital.

63% of those surveyed stated that they suffered verbal harassment or touching while waiting for the bus and 43% suffered it within the unit.
25% of the women said that they suffered a robbery or an outburst while waiting for the bus and 11%, inside it.

83% said that they prefer to be accompanied or waited for at the bus stop and 69% stated that only some of them are illuminated and/or signposted.

81% acknowledged that they feel very insecure on public roads. 70% indicated that there are vacant places where it circulates and 68% observed that maintenance tasks are not carried out.

The coordinator of Mumalá in Salta and city councilor, Malvina Gareca, mentioned that these data challenge urban planning. “From a gender perspective, public spaces without signage or lighting and without necessary care (open spaces or squares) harm all residents, but it puts us in a situation of disadvantage and greater insecurity.”

Speak up and report

From Saeta they assured that they did not receive complaints of sexual harassment and asked for the collaboration of users to address these situations. They considered that sometimes there is no way for the driver to find out what is happening, if someone does not tell him.

“This requires everyone’s participation. We must speak and not remain silent. It’s something we have to do together.” They asked those who suffer harassment to ask for help and those who see these situations, to report them: “You can help the person who suffers.”

From the Citizen Participation Secretariat, take this initiative to the interior, in municipalities where there are urban transport areas.

When you don’t want to participate

Within the framework of the training on “How to act in situations of harassment in groups”, they discussed harassment and the impact it has on the victims. Concrete tools were provided to act when witnessing these situations.

Harassment was defined as those physical or verbal actions with sexual content against a person with whom there is no relationship and who does not want to participate in those actions. This is based on the gender or sexual identity of the person who suffers it. The main vulnerable groups are women, the LGBTIQ+ population and children and adolescents.

How to intervene

During the training, within the framework of the “Stand Up against street harassment” program, the “5D” were mentioned, five advisable and safe ways to intervene when witnessing a situation of street harassment:

  • Distract: Impersonate a friend or friend and with any question or act cause a distraction between the harasser and his victim.
  • Delegate: look for someone who is in a position of authority in the place and ask for their intervention or help.
  • Keep record: observe what happens, try to write or record the situation of harassment to later share the material with the person who was harassed or spread it, only with the authorization of the affected person.
  • Address the harasser: question him and consult the harassed person. Avoid situations of violence that increase the risk.
  • Give assistance: help the person who was harassed after the situation. Resort to the complaint through lines 144 and/or 911.

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They work to prevent situations of sexual harassment in groups