Tejpals are everywhere, women journalists sexually assaulted worldwide

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Sexual Assault
Bangalore, Dec 4: Former Editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal recently has made headlines over his alleged involvement in a sexual assault case. Tejpal has been arrested as he was accused of sexually assaulting his junior women colleague. Days after his arrest, a survey result claimed that about two-third of women journalists have experienced abuse, harassment or threats at work. It seems that not only in Tehelka but Tejpals are present in every media houses across the world.

Washington-based International Women's Media Foundation and the London-based International News Safety Institute conducted the survey. Total 882 women journalists participated in the survey which was based on violence against women working in news media.

Elisa Lees Munoz, Executive Director of the IWMF, was quoted as saying, "It is shocking to see that more than half (64.48 per cent) of the 822 women journalists who responded to our survey have experienced some sort of 'intimidation, threats or abuse' in relation to their work."

Majority of the victims do not file any complaint against the accused

According to the survey, majority of the victims do not file any complaint against the accused. However, they admitted the fact that such incidents weaken them psychologically. It indeed impacted their work, added the survey.

A CNN-IBN report said that of the respondents, 82 per cent were reporters with 49 per cent working in newspapers, 24 per cent in magazines, 21 per cent in TV and 16 per cent in radio.

Almost 29 per cent of the respondents worked in Asia and the Pacific, over 21 per cent in North America, 19 per cent in Europe, about 13 per cent in Africa, 11 per cent in Latin and South America, and 5 per cent in Arab states.

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