Every woman has the right to be safe!Abuse, assault and harassment are a reality for one out of every three women in Israel. It can be a vulgar or humiliating comment, an uninvited touch, or physical violence. Imagine how terrifying this abuse is when the harassers are policemen at a checkpoint or interrogators; when the abuse happens in state facilities behind closed doors.
M, who was interrogated by the police several years ago and experienced severe sexual harassment, is only one example of many. One interrogator put his hand on her leg, another one kissed her forehead, saying the kiss was “out of respect” because they “liked her.” The sexual harassment, combined with other methods, were a part of the interrogators’ attempt to break her spirit in the interrogation. With great courage M decided to file a complaint, but the complaint was closed with no criminal investigation. Her case has been ongoing for over six years now.
Is this the society we want? Help us stop this practice and support women who were harmed!
Stop violence against women!Violence against women doesn't happen only in the home, at nightclubs or on the streets. Violence against women pervades law enforcement too, and at times serves as an institutionalized method. This violence targets women from all backgrounds: Jewish and Arab, Ultra-Orthodox and secular. It takes the form of physical assault, sexual harassment, verbal humiliation, inhumane incarceration conditions - even denying detainees sufficient sanitary pads. (did you know that a prisoner is entitled to no more than 10 sanitary pads a month, regardless of her needs?)
Over the years, PCATI has received many complaints by women who were victimized in interrogations. But they are just the tip of the iceberg; many women are apprehensive of filing a complaint because of social taboos or fear of retribution.
What are we doing to prevent this?PCATI is the only organization in Israel providing holistic recourses for victims of torture and abuse by law enforcement authorities.
Awareness: We help women become aware of their rights, of what is permitted and what is forbidden during interrogation or detention.
Support: We provide support to victims of violence from the moment their case is brought to us. We visit detention centers and prisons, speak with women, listen to their experience, and determine together how they would like to proceed.
Legal assistance: we provide full legal aid to victims of state violence seeking redress: filing a complaint, representation throughout the legal process, and continued support as needed.
Media: If survivors are interested in drawing public attention to their case, we assist them in contacting the media and in the public coverage the incident.
Grassroots work: We hold training workshops for women to prepare them for interaction with law enforcement authorities.
Why do we need you?
Complaints and testimonies of women who experienced violence continue to flood our office. The need for serious professional services is only growing. Women’s voices must be heard, and the violence must stop.
The legal process entailed in addressing a complaint is long and complex; it can even take years. To support women throughout this long process and to ensure existing regulations protect basic dignities, we need your help.