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Friday, December 30, 2011

'Cursing isn't a sex offence'

Shlomo Fuchs, 44 Is it sexual harassment to call someone a slut?

Shlomo Fuchs, 44, accused of sexually harassing female soldier on public bus, files appeal with J'lem court. 'Unpleasant remarks are heard every day, most of them sexual,' he claims

Is it sexual harassment to call someone a slut ?

Jerusalem resident Shlomo Fuchs, 44, accused of sexually harassing Doron Matalon, a female soldier on a public bus, calling her a "slut," has filed an appeal with the city's Magistrate's Court on Friday.

"Unpleasant remarks are heard every day in Israel, including some which may be considered humiliating, and most of them are based on a person's sexuality. Those who curse are never put on trial," Fuchs claimed in the appeal.

The court partially accepted Fuchs' appeal, ordering him to pay NIS 5,000 ($1,310) instead of NIS 20,000 ($5,242) in bail. He is scheduled to be released from jail on Friday.

Fuchs also claimed that even if cursing a woman "is deserving of moral obloquy, it does not constitute a criminal offense of sexual harassment." He further stated that the decision to put him on trial is based on an unfounded perception, claiming "there is no reasonable ground to suppose that the court… will not acquit the claimant.

Even if the expression he used was unpleasant to hear, the appeal stated, Fuchs should not be arrested for it, adding he's not considered a threat to the public.

'Not a sexual offender'

"I am not a sexual offender," Fuchs, father of 12, told his attorney on Thursday. "If anything – she harassed me. I wanted to move away and she kept moving closer."

Fuchs' attorney claimed this was not a criminal offense. "We live in a free country. We're allowed to curse, its part of the freedom of expression," he explained.

If the court does decide this is a sexual harassment case, said the attorney, then any man who calls a woman a "bitch" or other curse words would be considered a sexual offender.

According to the appeal, the Jerusalem court has no foundation to determine whether this is a growing phenomenon. Fuchs attorneys believe that the police was likely influenced by the current atmosphere. "Fuchs has nothing to do with Beit Shemesh."

Police officials said Fuchs' behavior was unruly, and that he sexually harassed Matalon by humiliating her and making sexual remarks.

The indictment against Fuchs follows a warning issued by Israeli authorities saying they would not tolerate the exclusion of women from the public sphere or any acts of violence towards women. State Prosecutor Moshe Lador stressed that "the prosecution will work with the police to bring this radical phenomenon of haredi extremism to an end.

1 comment:

  1. Only an evil totalitarian regime would arrest a man for this act. The information provided is completely lacking. Maybe she was a whore professionally or amateur. Ether by getting paid after sex or expecting a free ride with no commitments.... The 'modern women' is antithetical to righteousness. She disregards mans authority over all the World and, therefor wars against Gods mitzvah's. For a women must be submissive to man, and in this time her ego has destroyed the union of love. With 64% of marriages end in divorce and 80% filings are by the wife. Not only is his heart ripped out but 91% of the time the children are stolen from their father. In Community Property states the assets are divided in half even though men earn collectively 67% more by filling higher positions. On top of all this 96% of men are required to pay alimony in support of these criminal family wreckers. This misandric empire is taking the strength away from men so that now we cant even speak, this corruption needs to be destroyed root and branch. Good day,...