Saudi rights body to support sexual harassment victims

Psychological, educational, and legal consultations are provided to the beneficiaries in cooperation with a number of specialists at the HRC

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A Saudi woman speaks on a phone as she walks on a sidewalk in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 21, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A Saudi woman speaks on a phone as she walks on a sidewalk in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia September 21, 2017.

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JEDDAH: Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), has launched a specialized group to support victims of sexual harassment and their families with psychological counseling and educational, social, and legal guidance with strict confidentiality.

The group will enhance protection for victims of harassment and raise awareness about its impact on individuals and society.

Al-Awwad said the launch is part of the measures and regulations that the Kingdom has adopted to protect and support victims of harassment, including the anti-harassment law, child protection system, and law on protection from abuse.

The group will address these effects to help victims overcome trauma, to ensure it does not occur again, and to inform families and the relevant authorities in the event of a new exposure to harassment.

The group is supervised by HRC board member Dr. Sarah bint Omar Al-Abdulkarim, in cooperation with consultant psychiatrist Dr. Meshal Al-Aqeel and Dr. Amal Bannunah, a professional adviser in protection and sex education expert. Psychological, educational, and legal consultations are provided to the beneficiaries in cooperation with a number of specialists at the HRC.

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