Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Stopharass.kz is a platform that shows in which locations in the city harassment occurs more often / less often. The platform also has coverage of cases where harassment has been prevented, which allows one to understand how external help can aid to avoid unpleasant situations. A tool that separates harassment from unknown individuals/ familiar individuals allows one to more accurately understand who is most often the culprit of the identified harassment incidents. We believe that if more people start reporting their cases of harassment and intervene in the cases they see, we will reduce the scale of the problem and make the epidemic of harassment come to an end.
To engage all residents of Kazakhstan in creating an environment that is intolerant of sexual assault, harassment, stalking, catcalling, etc.
To build a more open society, with zero tolerance for harassment and gender-based violence and inequality.
- Having encountered harassment, a person can report the incident through a) a telegram bot or b) the platform's website.
- When registering the incident, the victim of the incident indicates the date, time, location of the incident on the map, and can also give a detailed description. All of this is done anonymously if the person does not wish to reveal their identity.
- the incident data is filtered by the administrator
- filtered cases are sent to the platforms and are presented as a map of the city, where red indicates cases of harassment that were not prevented and blue indicates cases that were successfully prevented
*In addition to reporting harassment cases, useful information about crisis centers, victim support hotlines, mothers' homes and anti-harassment organizations can be found on the platform and in the telegram bot.
Yes, in order to get advice you can call the numbers, which you can find in the "Hotlines" section. In addition, our Telegram bot has an "Advisory blog", where we try to describe in detail the algorithm of actions for each individual case of harassment.
In order to provide information about a harassment case that you have experienced, please go to our Telegram bot at the link https://t.me/Stopharassbot
Verbal sexual harassment involves saying anything of a sexual nature to someone who is an unwilling recipient. If someone else says something to you that is either explicitly sexual or sexually-suggestive, and if what they say makes you uncomfortable, then you may be a victim of sexual harassment. Examples of verbal sexual harassment include: Requesting sexual favors, expressing a desire for sexual contact or conduct, using sexually-explicit language, telling sexual jokes, commenting on a person’s appearance, speaking in a sexual tone, and using sexually-suggestive nicknames or terms of endearment
Non-verbal sexual harassment is any form of unwanted sexual communication or conduct that involves something other than verbal speech but falls short of physical sexual contact. This includes sending emails and text messages that are sexually explicit or otherwise sexual in nature, as well as acts such as: exposing oneself, blocking a hallway or doorway, blowing kisses or winking, staring, following, or stalking.
Unwanted physical contact is considered either sexual harassment or sexual assault, depending on the severity of the encounter. Examples of physical contact that can constitute sexual harassment, or that can blur the line between sexual harassment and sexual assault, include: any form of unwanted touching, patting, grabbing, rubbing, pinching, hugging or kissing.
The act of shouting harassing and often sexually suggestive, threatening, or derisive comments at someone publicly
Sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated, where a reasonable person would anticipate that reaction in the circumstances.
Sexual harassment is a much broader term than sexual assault or rape, encompassing three categories of impermissible behavior.
One is sexual coercion – legally termed “quid pro quo harassment” – referring to implicit or explicit attempts to make work conditions contingent upon sexual cooperation. The classic “sleep with me or you’re fired” scenario is a perfect example of sexual coercion. It is the most stereotypical form of sexual harassment, but also the rarest.
A second, and more common, form of sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention: unwanted touching, hugging, stroking, kissing, relentless pressure for dates or sexual behavior. Note that romantic and sexual overtures come in many varieties at work, not all of them harassing. To constitute unlawful sexual harassment, the sexual advances must be unwelcome and unpleasant to the recipient. They must be “sufficiently severe or pervasive” to “create an abusive working environment,” according to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Unwanted sexual attention can include sexual assault and even rape. If an employer were to forcibly kiss and grope a receptionist without her consent, this would be an example of both unwanted sexual attention and sexual assault – both a civil offense and a crime.
Most sexual harassment, however, entails no sexual advance. This third and most common manifestation is gender harassment: conduct that disparages people based on gender, but implies no sexual interest. Gender harassment can include crude sexual terms and images, for example, degrading comments about bodies or sexual activities, graffiti calling women “cunts” or men “pussies.” More often than not, though, it is purely sexist, such as contemptuous remarks about women being ill-suited for leadership or men having no place in childcare. Such actions constitute “sexual” harassment because they are sex-based, not because they involve sexuality.