Question and answers
1. What is the difference between peer violence and violence between a male and female student who are in emotional relationship?
Although young people are of the same or similar age, which could imply similar strengths and equality in relationships, gender-based partner violence is characterized by an imbalance of power in favor of young men, which only partially stems from their (often) greater physical strength and is primarily caused by social factors. Such behavior of men is supported by customs, traditions, culture, historical and social inequalities, which privilege men/young men/boys over women/ young women/girls in all spheres of public and private life. Traditional and conservative values and attitudes that privilege men lead to the effect of normalizing or even justifying the violence of men/boys and blaming women/girls (for what they did or did not do). However, the perpetrator is solely responsible for committing gender-based violence. It is prohibited by law, and institutions (including the school) are responsible for preventing it and protecting the victims. School is an important place where young people need to rectify inappropriate attitudes and behaviors, as well as learn about equality and positive emotional relationships.
2. What are the possible consequences of digital violence to which young people are exposed?
Research on digital violence shows that it is not gender neutral and that particularly severe forms of violence affect women and girls more (e.g., sexual harassment and persecution). The consequences of that violence are similar to the consequences of violence in actual reality and can include disorders caused by stress, trauma, anxiety, sleep disorders, depression and physical pain. The consequences of digital violence can “spill over” into “real life” and can include – fear for one’s safety in the event of organized harassment; – isolation as a consequence of monitoring through applications or other means; – Lack of secure space due to the speed of uncontrolled dissemination of personal data and lack of protection or live diffusion of violence and abuse. We should not lose sight of the fact that the absence of signs that would indicate the consequences of violence does not mean that the violence does not affect the person who is exposed to it and that they are not affected by what is happening to them.
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SPECIAL PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE FOR HIGH-TECH CRIME
High-tech crime can be reported to the Special Prosecutor’s Office via e-mail to the address email@example.com with the applicant’s personal data and possible evidence of the crime (saved messages, screenshots, etc.).
MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
Information on sexual abuse of minors for pornographic purposes on the Internet can be reported to the address firstname.lastname@example.org of the Ministry.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT
All forms of violence, including digital, can be reported on the SOS telephone number of the Ministry 0800 / 200-201 (open during school days from 7:30 to 15:30 and is intended primarily for students, parents and employees in the field of education).
NATIONAL CONTACT CENTER FOR CHILD SAFETY ON THE INTERNET
Online reporting of harmful content on the Internet: https://pametnoibezbedno.gov.rs/prijava-nelegalnog-sadrzaja/ ; reporting by telephone at: 19833.
AUTONOMOUS WOMEN’S CENTER
SOS telephone for providing information and psychosocial support to women with experience of violence, 0800 / 100-007 (on weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00, the call is free).
ASTRA – Anti Trafficking Action
Anti-Trafficking Action – SOS phone for assistance to victims of human trafficking and prevention of this problem is +381 11 785 0000 or 0800 101 201 (free for calls from Serbia) and available to citizens every weekday from 9 am to 5 pm. ASTRA also administers the European number for missing children 116 000 in the territory of Serbia, which is available 24/7