Street action on the occasion of the campaign “Sexual Extortion Is Corruption. Let’s Break the Silence!” will be held in Bosansko Grahovo, in Maršala Tita Street, on April 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., and is organized by the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Banja Luka in cooperation with the Association of Citizens (Women) Grahovo.

A stand with promotional material will be set up in Maršala Tita Street, and the goal of the street action is to introduce the citizens of this and the surrounding areas with the term sexual extortion/blackmail in the public and private sector, and efforts to incorporate sexual extortion into laws and anti-corruption strategies.

Sexual extortion (sextortion) is a combination of sexual harassment and corruption, that is, a gender-specific form of corruption, which as such is still not formally – legally recognized in the laws of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is important to point out that sexual extortion is a combination of sexual harassment and abuse of entrusted power (corruption). Instead of money in this type of corruption, sex is used as currency. So, on the one hand, we have those entrusted with leadership (power, authority…), and on the other, often vulnerable categories that are usually in a subordinate position.

Interested journalists and citizens will be introduced to the results of the new “Research on the Prevalence of Sexual Extortion in Society”, as well as the “Analysis of Regulations Regarding Sexual Extortion”.

During the research, the interviewees pointed out as reasons for sexual extortion: for the sake of promotion at work, for the sake of starting a working relationship/employment, for the sake of taking an exam, and the like…

We remind you that we have already organized street actions in Sarajevo, Bijeljina, Banja Luka, Zenica, Modriča and Tuzla.

This activity is implemented within the project “Citizens in the Fight against Silent Corruption”, supported by CCI and USAID.

See you on Monday, April 22, 2024 in Bosansko Grahovo!


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