In Flanders, one in three reports of unwanted behaviour comes from men

Recent figures from the Flemish Reporting Centre for Cross-Border Behaviour found that one in three reports of inappropriate behaviour is made by men. Het Nieuwsblad and Gazet van Antwerpen reported this on Saturday.

The Flemish Reporting Centre for Transgressive Behaviour was launched at the end of September to aid victims, witnesses and accused persons who have been confronted with inappropriate conduct. The centre listens to case-by-case accounts and works with that person to find solutions or help. The hotline thus supplements internal hotlines and other helplines.

Since its start-up, the independent hotline has received 421 reports, says coordinator Annick Deblauw. In concrete terms, 10 per cent of the reports concern physical violence, 17 per cent about bullying and 39 per cent about unwanted sexual behaviour. Most reports, approximately 43 per cent, concern psychological violence.

Of all reports, 36 per cent come from men. "When men report inappropriate behaviour, this is least often about unwanted sexual behaviour. Men report psychological violence more easily," Deblauw explains.



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