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

70% of candidates fail 2014 WASSCE

Of the 246,853 candidates who sat for the November/December 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, only 72,522 candidates, representing 29.37 per cent, obtained credits ... Full story

Mr. Ibu Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In New Photos

Well, Mr. Ibu seems to have lost quite a lot of weight lately! Most likely for height reasons, he's channelling Rick Ross ... Full story

Boko Haram Kill 32; Kidnap 185 Women And Children In Borno

Multiple sources have it that Boko Haram, the deadly sect waging an insurgency against the state have killed 32 people in Borno State, and kidnapped ... Full story

Alhaji Bappa Tilde, Ex-Bauchi Accountant-General Shot Dead

Former Accountant-General of Bauchi State, Alhaji Bappa Tilde who was abducted last Saturday has been killed. According to residents, Tilde, 72, was brought by his abductors ... Full story

Inmate dies in prison after six adjournments to his trial

A man who was remanded in prison for attempting to steal his brother's money from an ATM has died due to the ineptitude of prison ... Full story

Seyi Shay Grabs Wizkid's Crotch in New Video

So, Seyi Shay and Wizkid featured in this new video titled 'Crazy', and Seyi Shay seems to have done something very crazy; she grabbed Wizkid's ... Full story

Couple tortured by police sue for N100m

The couple brutalized by a police corporal in Lagos, Ejeh and Grace Smith, is suing the police authorities for damages. The Lagos couple that was brutalized ... Full story

Boko Haram Abducts 185 Women, Kills 32

Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and ... Full story

Gospel Musician Kenny Saint Brown Says APC Stole Her Mandate For Lai Mohammaed's Son

Gospel singer, Kenny Saint Brown does not believe she lost out in the APC primary elections but rather her mandate was stolen Gospel singer, Kenny Saint ... Full story

Boko Haram Threatens To Attack Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has threatened to attack the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, in retaliation for the Emir’s call on Kano residents ...

Police arrest power-drunk cop’s team members in the Lekki area of Lagos State

The police have arrested other six cops at the scene of the torture of a couple in the Lekki area of Lagos State. A police source ... 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

AGN President, Ibinabo Gushes over Husband after Stepping out of Church (Photos)

‘He, who finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord.’ This is the current tale of Actors Guild of Nigeria’s ...

Photos From Daystar Christain Centre Christmas Carol

Members, friends and families worshiped God in an atmosphere of joy and laughter on Sunday December 14th at one of the most anticipated Carol Concerts, ...

If Your Wife Was Fat, You Wouldn’t Have Married Her…..Fan Blast Paul Okoye

Social media banters has hit Nigeria’s adored singer, Paul Okoye after he posted a picture of girl who attempts to use scissors to cut her ...

Why My Marriage Crashed – Alex Okoroji

Alex Okoroji, daughter of ex-musician and PMAN President, Chief Tony Okoroji has revealed why her marriage crashed like a tokunbo car engine. The actress confessed that ...

Married Chief Tony Okoroji's Daughter Back To Spinsterhood

While some celebrities are happily tying the knots in 2014, others are as well walking out of their marriages and long relationships. The latest to return ...

VIDEO: Daddy Showkey ft. HarrySong – Asalamabeez

Story by Nigeriafilms.com Last Updated:7 minutes ago Brand new visual from Nigerian music icon, Daddy Showkey. He teams up with Five Star Music’s HarrySong on this one. ...

Exclusive Marriage Update: AGN President, Ibinabo Finally Signs Marriage Documents

Nigeriafilms.com correspondent at the ongoing White wedding of the Actors Guild of Nigeria’s President, Ibinabo Fiberesima, says the wedding has commenced immediately after the marriage ...

Oil workers suspend nationwide strike

Oil workers under the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Worker (NUPENG) ...

Onigbinde urges Keshi to quit Eagles

Former Nigeria coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, said he has personally written to out of contract Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, to quietly seek greener pastures elsewhere.Several ...

Pastors Are Ogboni Members – Otunba Meshioye

OTUNBA-FRACIS-OLUWAGBENRO Otunba Francis Meshioye, Olori Oluwo of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) made some revelations recently. The supreme leader of Ogboni in Nigeria said some popular ...