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Sex Abuse Cases Now Driving #MeToo Movement on Cyprus

Αssociated Press

A man and a woman sit near the natural rock bridge that is named "Love Bridge", during sunset at the Ayia Napa resort on the southeast Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021.(AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA - Spreading fast across Greece with allegations of sexual assaults and harassment rising in a number of sectors, the #MeToo movement has taken hold on Cyprus, with police saying more than 10 complaints were made.

Police spokesman Christos Andreou said the number of people making reports of sexually-related offenses was “definitely on the rise” following the first official complaint, said Kathimerini Cyprus.

A number of cases are pouring out into the media, apparently emboldened by the revelations on Greece that have hit the sports, media and theater arts communities and more seen coming.

One on the island case involves allegations by a woman who says a male priest tried to rape her when she was 16 years old, while the same man, described by local media as a former bishop, is also being accused by at least one other female of similar offences.

Sexual abuse allegations have also been filed against an elected politician as well as a well-known doctor, while reports said police have also received two sexual harassment complaints in the workplace that were unrelated to cases in the media but no names were being given so far.