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Athens School of Fine Arts Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

February 16, 2021

ATHENS – Adding to growing cases of alleged sexual harassment during a growing #MeToo movement in Greece, a professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts was accused on social media by two female students of sexual harassment.

Neither he nor the accusers were named but the school’s rector Nikos Tranos told Kathimerini the posting was enough for him to alert a prosecutor about the anonymous claims that didn’t provide specifics of what allegedly occurred.

He said that the university authorities will also investigate the claims if charges are brought by authorities and urged students at the school to speak up if there are any similar complaints.

Separately, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou also urged victims of sexual or other forms of abuse to “break the dam of silence,” speaking during a meeting with the head of the Association of Greek Actors.

The country’s theater community has also seen a number of allegations of serious sexual misconduct and abuse of power but without naming alleged perpetrators or the incidents, apart from at least one case.

Earlier in February, more than half the participants in a study conducted by the Social Action and Innovation Centre (KMOP) in Greece reported having experienced sexual harassment in their professional lives.

The study is part of a wider European initiative, Teamwork, that seeks to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, the paper said in its report on growing stories about the phenomenon.

KMOP’s survey revealed that a majority of its participants (52.38 perent) had experienced sexual harassment during their professional life while 42.86 percent witnessed sexual harassment of colleagues in their workplace.

The vast majority of the sample group (91.27%) also believed that women are for more exposed to workplace sexual harassment than men.

Some 39.68 percent of employee responders were not aware of their employers’ policies for assisting those experiencing sexual harassment and 42.06 percent reported that their employer did not have any bylaws or documents explicitly banning sexual harassment in the workplace.

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