11.8 pct of Israeli women suffer crimes in 2018: report

An official Israeli report said on Wednesday that 11.8 percent of Israeli women were victims of crimes in 2018.

According to the report, released by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25, 336,000 Israeli women were affected by various offenses last year.

About 140,000 of them, 4.9 percent of all women aged at least 20, suffered sexual harassment, of which about 86,000 were aged between 20 and 34.

The report also shows that 37,000 women were sexually harassed at work, accounting for 26.4 percent of all sexually harassed women in 2018.

Most of those who were sexually harassed and sexually assaulted, 95.4 and 79.2 percent respectively, did not report to the police, mainly becasue of embarrassment or unwillingness to bother the police in a “small” case.

About 68,000 Israeli women, 2.4 percent of all women aged 20 and over, were harmed or threatened with violence in 2018.

The report also reveals that 22.3 percent of Israeli women do not feel safe walking alone in their residence area at night, compared to only 8.8 percent of men.