For the first time, a guilty verdict was given in a “sex for grades” scandal in the North African Country of Morocco. In September, Moroccan media picked up social media leaks of messages reportedly exchanged between the lecturers and students.
The defendant, an economics lecturer at Hassan I University in Settat near Casablanca, was found guilty of “indecent behaviour”, “violence” and “sexual harassment”, local media reported.
Four more lecturers will appear in court on Thursday on similar charges of “incitement to debauchery”, gender discrimination and violence against women.
In recent years, a string of high-profile sexual harassment scandals rocked Moroccan universities but most have failed to results in trials, never mind convictions.
Rights groups claim that sexual violence is widespread in Morocco but that women are reluctant to report it for fear of reprisals or harm to their family reputation.
In 2018, after years of heated debate, Morocco changed its legislation so that perpetrators of “harassment, aggression, sexual exploitation or ill-treatment” could face prison terms, but some argue that the law still fails to protect women.
Sources: Yahoo, MSN
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