Monday, July 30, 2018

After Germany, now Austrian swimming pools need more security to combat sexual harassments

Sexual harassment, masturbation and fights; a lot happens in Austria’s swimming pools these days. More pool personnel have taken courses to combat sexual harassment, Austrian newspaper Heute reports.

In recent weeks, Austria has introduced the “I am your lifeline” concept into Viennese swimming pools. The initiative of the Women’s Service, aims to counteract sexual harassment with awareness and specially trained staff.

Only recently the concept was successfully tested at the Donauinselfest, now it is also used in the Viennese baths.

The idea of extending the “I am your lifeline” course to the baths came from Baden City Councillor Jürgen Czernohorszky and Women’s Councillor Kathrin Gaál.

“The lifeline concept is a preventive, visible sign that there is no room for sexual harassment here, Vienna is the city of women and we signal with this project that assaults on women in this city are in no way tolerated,” Gaal says.

In recent weeks, 40 people working at swimming pools, have also received comprehensive security training as first responders. The concept, in operation since 2016, is focused on deescalating, communication and even combat techniques.

Rudolf A, who works as security in the Viennese Laaerbergbad says:

“Every year we also have a refresher course with a special security company, where we practice melee as well as communication techniques, how to calm the situation, how to react, etc. We also work with police lawyers together with child and youth advocacy.”

Yesterday we reported on a number of serious incidents at German swimming pools having forced them to take more security measures.

https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/07/after-germany-now-austrian-swimming-pools-need-more-security-to-combat-sexual-harassments/

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