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Political parties condemn behaviour of politician accused of sexual abuse

Political parties across the spectrum on Tuesday expressed support for a woman who reported a politician had sexually abused her and condemned his behaviour.

Police confirmed on Monday that an investigation is underway into the woman’s complaint, in which she said a well-known politician assaulted her in 2014, when she was 24.

Sexual harassment is one of the most common forms of violence against women, the Pancyprian federation of women’s associations (Pogo) said, urging victims to come forward. “Recent allegations must be used to ensure that this scourge is dealt with effectively”.

The gender equality commission asked the police to act immediately to ensure the victim’s statement is not tampered with.

“Keeping in mind the connections and contacts that politicians may have, we expect transparent and swift investigation procedures from the police, always within the framework set by the relevant laws,” their statement said.

The sentiment was echoed by political parties, that condemned any form of sexual harassment or assault and called on authorities to act swiftly and decisively to serve justice.

Diko declared a stance of zero tolerance towards sexual harassment, no matter if it comes from people in positions of power, while Demokratiki Parataxi (Democratic Front) said that “nobody is above the law”.

“This is a matter of principle and does not concern the rank or identity of those involved,” Akel said.

Meanwhile, Edek said the police must protect anyone who reports such an event and investigate all cases fully.

Disy suggested that protecting the victim is of vital importance, pointing towards a need to create a strong network of protection and security which will enable them to speak freely.

All parties urged victims of abuse or harassment in the workplace or elsewhere, to come forward without fear and report those responsible.

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