One in ten women is sexually harassed on holiday and the majority of attacks are in Mallorca and Crete

// World | One in ten women is sexually harassed on holiday and the majority of attacks are in Mallorca and Crete
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
  • Warning after poll of 6,000 tourists shows 8.6 per cent report attacks
  • Study found one in 15 men also suffer sexual harassment
  • Researcher says alcohol and leaving inhibitions at home makes holidaymakers more vulnerable

By Steve Robson

PUBLISHED: 02:30 EST, 26 June 2013 | UPDATED: 09:22 EST, 26 June 2013

67

View
comments

One in ten British women is sexually harassed or assaulted while on holiday, a new study has found.

A poll of tourists also found that one in 15 men were victims of sexual harassment, with the majority of attacks taking place in Mallorca and Crete.

One and a half per cent of both men and women said they had been raped.

Warning: One in ten women are sexually assaulted on holiday in Mediterranean countries such as Mallorca, according to a new study

Warning: One in ten women are sexually assaulted on holiday in Mediterranean countries such as Mallorca, according to a new study

Researchers have voiced their concern that, despite the rise of drink and drug misuse and increased sexual activity amid young people in resorts that focus on nightlife, the issue of sexual attacks including rape still lacks proper recognition.

The team surveyed more than 6,000 tourists passing through airports in Crete, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and Spain and found that 8.6 per cent of people fell victim to sexual harassment on their holiday, while 1.5 per cent were raped.

Analysis of results, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour, was led by Dr Amador Calafat, a researcher from the European Insitute of Studies on Prevention (Irefea).

Irefea conducts research into violence, driving, sexual behaviour, drunkenness and drug use and its results are used to create European Standards for clubs and bars.

Dr Calafat said: 'We have gone into detail with a broad sample on an issue that receives little attention in tourist environments: sexual harassment and sex against one's will.

'Research was conducted on English and German tourists because they are the most frequent visitors to southern Europe and it is easier to obtain results.'

The study used data collected in 2009 when tourists were heading back to their home countries.

Of the 6,502 holidaymakers between the age of 16 and 35 surveyed the researchers found that one in ten British and German women were harassed, with a similar number of gay and bisexual men falling victim to sexual attacks.

Attacks: Popular holiday destination Crete was named as one of the most frequent for sex assaults

Attacks: Popular holiday destination Crete was named as one of the hot spots for sex assaults

Mr Calafat explained: 'With regard to sexual harassment, those who claimed to have suffered these practices the most were tourists who were visiting Mallorca and Crete, young, British, gay or bisexual, frequent drinkers or attracted to bars where people get drunk, or cocaine consumers.

'2.4 times as many women as heterosexual men claimed to have suffered from sexual harassment. However, gay and bisexual men showed similar levels to women and high levels of sex against their will.'

Mr Calafat suggested that people leaving their inhibitions at home could be putting them at risk once they reach their holiday destinations.

He said: 'The first preventive measure is to be aware that these problems exist, since we tend to always think positively about holidays.

'There are measures that depend on tourist destinations, which are often promoted as places with a high level of sexual permissiveness and advertise cheap alcohol.

'The venues themselves can also avoid these situations by adopting good management in accordance with already established standards.'

MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS

MOST READ NEWS

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

Boko Haram Terrorists Behead Two People In New ISIS-Style Video

The victims, said to be spies, are made to confess their crimes and kneel before being decapitated with their bodies in the full view of ... Full story

President Goodluck Jonathan Interviewd By Al-Jazeera - Video Video

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to defeat Boko Haram, the armed group that has killed thousands of ...

Professor Osinbajo Finally Clears The Air On Photo

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has now taken twitter to correct the assertion that the old man in the photo above making the rounds is related to ... Full story

555 Permanent Voter Cards Of Dead Residents Found In Ogun State

At least 555 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) belonging to dead residents from the 21 Local Government Areas of Ogun State have been discovered by the ... Full story

Photos And Information About Mohammed Emwazi Released

Pictures of ruthless killer, Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIS executioner popularly known as Jihadi John and currently the most wanted man in the world has surfaced. ... Full story

Ghanaian Actress Nadia Buari Gives Birth To Twins, Could Jim Iyke Be The Father?

Rumours that Nadia Buari was pregnant some few months ago has turned out to be true and the Ghanaian actress has given birth to twins—that ... Full story

16yr Old Robs, Rapes 52yr Old Woman Saying Her Naked Body Turned Him On

16 year old SS1 student, Abdulateef Asamu (pictured above) has been arrested by the Ogun state Police command for robbing and raping his neighbor, a ... Full story

Ex- Militant Leaders From Niger Delta Warns Obasanjo, Buhari To Stop Instigating Nigerians Against Jonathan

Ex-militant leaders from Nigeria’s Niger Delta zone last weekend warned former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu ... Full story

The Heartbreaking Act A Wicked Woman Did To Her Daughter

LOOKING at the picture of two-year-old Lovelyn William will elicit tears from the heart of any human being. Naked, with her mouth tapered, hands tied ... Full story

Nine Secrets You Think You Know About Jesus That Are Probably Wrong

Jesus has been described as the best known figure in history, and also the least known. If you mentioned the name “Jesus” and someone asked ... Full story

Woman Wires $1.4 MILLION To Online Lover In Africa She's Never Met

A woman has defended her decision to sent $1.4 million to her online lover in Africa - who she has never met. Twice-divorced Sarah met Chris ... Full story

Comment on: One in ten women is sexually harassed on holiday and the majority of attacks are in Mallorca and Crete

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

Nadia Buari Welcomes Twins In Undisclosed Hospital

According to Myjoyonline, Ghanaian actress, Nadia Buari, has been delivered of a set f twins in an undisclosed hospital outside the West African country. According to ...

Stella Damasus Aims Big In America

Controversial Nollywood star, Stella Damasus, has made known her wish to achieve what some Nigerians may see as impossible for her to get. The actress, who ...

Pastor Oyakhilome, Estranged Wife Share Children

Last week, Nigeriafilms.com reported that the divorce saga between Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy and his wife, Anita was getting messier and now, reports ...

Pictures: What Celebs Wore To Genevieve Magazine Party In Lagos

Genevieve Magazine threw a party at the Polo Avenue in Lagos on February 26, 2015 to launch its newly designed website and some celebrities graced ...

Nigerian Film Corporation Has Trained 800,000 Youths of Katsina State in Film Production

GOVERNOR IBRAHIM SHEHU SHEMA COMMENDS NIGERIAN FILM CORPORATION ON FILM TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: PROMISES SUSTAINED PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State has ...

THE FUNNY SIDE OF T.B. JOSHUA

Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua has released a video on YouTube showcasing a side of the cleric unknown to many.T.B. Joshua is regularly in the news ...

FIFA Stops Ghana, Nigeria International Friendly

World football governing body (FIFA) has cancelled the proposed international friendly duel between the Nigeria's Super Eagles and the Black Stars of Ghana this month ... Full story

Foluke Daramola’s Ex-Husband Picks Another Wife After 7 Years

Reports making the rounds indicate that the former husband of a top Nigerian actress, Foluke Daramola, Tunde Shobowale, has found love again after about seven ...

I Once Wanted Flavour All For Myself- Yemi Alade

Some people have that special person they wish to have for keeps, but sometimes, things do not go as planned. Top female artiste, Yemi Alade, made ...

I Felt Like A kid - Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt “like a kid” after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup ... Full story