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Friday, 13 January 2012 07:55

On Sexual Harassment

Written by Elsabeth Mesele
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Hi everyone, how’s it going? I hope everyone’s holiday was full of love and delicious foods! I know that I consumed about the amount that could feed an entire village! For a month… or two… Anyway, now onto a bit more serious issue…

I’m certain that every single woman in this country, regardless of age, economic background, or race, can recall numerous instances during which they were sexually harassed, whether that be in the work place, school, or just out on the streets.

I present to you a scenario, which, after reading, you are more than welcome to comment on and discuss. We actually need your input so that we can add it on to our upcoming episode, which will be aired on SHEGER FM 102.1.

Yohannes is a 20 year old who has been dating Blen, a good looking 17 year old, for a couple of years. Yohannes comes from a well-to-do family and runs his family business in Mercato, while Blen, born in Adama, stays with her relatives to go to school in Addis. Because she doesn’t have enough pocket money, Yohannes has been supporting her. He buys for her almost anything she needs, even clothes, shoes, school supplies, etc. He also takes her to places she’s never been to before, to all the good restaurants and recreation places. One day, while she was out clubbing with Yohannes, she forgot her cell phone on the table, which was later picked up by Mengistu, who was also clubbing the same night and who was eyeing her the whole evening. To cut the story short, she meets Mengistu when he returned her phone to her and falls in love with him after months of correspondence over the phone and having coffee from time to time. Because she wanted to be free to date Mengistu, one day, she tells Yohannes that she wants to break up with him as she has fallen in love with another guy and wants to now separate peacefully.

Yohannes, who’s been dreaming of marrying Blen once she finishes school, finds it hard to break up with her. He can’t let go of his relationship with her. Thus, he starts stalking her and harassing her. He sometimes goes to her house and threatens to harm her if she doesn’t return to him. He has threatened to have Mengistu beaten up on several occasions as well. Do you think Yohannes is justified in his actions? Do you think that he has the right to threaten her or physically harass her because some may say that ‘she’s been using him’? Does Blen have the right to dump Yohannes after all that he has done for her? Was she wrong to even begin corresponding with Mengistu? Please write your opinions and comments to us!

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  • Comment Link Yosef Monday, 16 January 2012 19:36 posted by Yosef

    Hello, it is a good point to start a conversation. Although I sympathize with what Yohannins might be going through, there is no justification for him to harass the girl. on the other hand, I see Blen a bit selfish, it would have been much better if she tried to make the separation smoother by giving him a little time... by this I don't mean that she has no right to make a choice whenever she wanted..... by the way since blen is 17, how old are the guys? how is the under age issue??? my message to Blen and girls like her is, watch-out HIV AIDS before making decision about any relationship.... and to the guys like Yohannis,,, stop harassing... don't forget you have sisters and at least a mother on whom you don't allow any kind of harassment... let me save my points for others to have a say.... Stay Blessed


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  • Comment Link Sami Monday, 16 January 2012 10:04 posted by Sami

    I think she has the right to decide on her life at any time and my thought we should tie our relationship based on love.

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