16 % of policewomen harassed, abused by husbands, superiors and colleagues
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/29 Sept) — Women law enforcers are not spared from sexual harassment or physical abuse by their partners, superiors and colleagues. Around 16 percent or 560 out of 3,500 policewomen surveyed in 2005 by the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported having been sexually harassed by their partners and about the same number experienced physical beating by their husbands or partners, Supt. Eldebrande Osano, Philippine National Police director for Family, Juvenile, and Gender Division told more than 500 policewomen during the 4 th Biennial Summit on Women in Policing Thursday.
Of the 560 who reported to have been sexually harassed, majority (58 per cent) were offended in the workplace and 29 percent during training. About 63 percent of them reported they were harassed by their superiors and around 27 percent by their colleagues.
About 60 percent of those sexually harassed reported they were harassed as a pre-condition to entry to the PNP and also in exchange for promotion or other benefits.
There are 9,000 policewomen in the country or 8 percent of the country’s total police force. More than half of those surveyed, at least 1,750 or 55 percent are married to a police officer. Read story here.