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#MeToo wave in Morocco over 'sex for grades' scandal

 The #MeToo movement has spurred in the city of Morocco due to the loss of integrity among the professors. A new and a nasty concept of good grades in return of sexual favours has come to notice. Such scandal has disrupted the education system of the country.


Nadia, a 24 year old student shares her shallow experience in related to such nasty politics in the college. She narrates her sudden expel notice from the college on the pretext that she has cheated in her exams, while in reality she just denied submitting herself to sexual favours.


“I was rusticated from college on the context that I cheated on my examination. It’s not true, I just denied trading myself on sexual favours”. Remarked Nadia.


Nadia was then admitted to Hassan University in Casablanca where she gain had to confront herself to such serious issues involving five professors. The professors had to face accusations and relatable sentences for being exploitive. One was sentenced to two years of imprisonment while the others were asked to face court on Monday. Nadia expresses that she was not the only victim of such raucous. Others faced it too but it all fell to deaf ears. Several similar incidents have been reported in local media in recent years, but no official action being taken.However, a social media campaign changed the narrative, spreading awareness of the extent of the problem.


Screenshots of such a situation went viral and the female students courageously published them online. A civil suit was filed after the scandal flourished public. This promoted the victims to speak about such atrocities on an open platform. Social added its much broader effect and stories of such harassment came to light. Shreds of evidence along with testimonies flooded. Victims shared their stories and rotten and unacceptable behavior was asked to be brought to book. Other victims also shared their stories about that professor, which led to his suspension. Some business school officials who were deemed "complicit" were also fired, according to the higher education ministry last month.


Aicha Guelaa expresses that an educator at a translation school in Tangiers was tried and convicted to prison for sexual Harassment. 70 such grievances have been filed at the Tetouan's Abdelmalek Essaadi University, but have yet to provoke a reaction from the university president. Sexual misconduct allegations in academia provoked outrage among activists, online, and in Berber media outlets nationwide. Higher Education Minister Abdelatif Miraoui pledged "zero tolerance" for sexual harassment in response. Several universities have established hotlines and teams to investigate cases of sexual violence due to the increase in testimonies. The human rights defender, Karima Nadir has expressed that it's important to support the abused and help them reach the judicial system. In 2018, a law was put into effect regarding harassment, assault, sexual exploitation for a price of prison sentences.


"Laws exist," Nadir pointed out, "but few people benefit from them."


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