Street harassment and its effects on women

I was an adolescent traveling with my mom in a crowded underground wagon, where men could easily touch women without anyone noticing and with little possibility to prevent it.

Street harassment and its effects on women

The following statistics focus on prevalence. Between both surveys, there were 1, respondents.

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Similar to the other studies conducted on street harassment, nearly every female respondent had experienced street harassment at least once. In the first online survey, conducted during the spring ofshe asked the respondents: Over 65 percent said they were harassed on at least a monthly basis.

For the second online survey, conducted across a month in fallthere were female respondents total. Over 99 percent of the female respondents said they had experienced some form of street harassment only three women said they had not.

In one question they could indicate the types of interactions they have had with strangers in public, here is a sampling of their responses. Leering Ninety-five percent of female respondents were the target of leering or excessive staring at least once, and more than 68 percent reported being a target 26 times or more in their life.

Honking and whistling Nearly 95 percent of female respondents were honked at one or more times and 40 percent said they are honked at as frequently as monthly.

Street harassment and its effects on women

Nearly 94 percent of female respondents were the target of whistling at least once and nearly 38 percent said it occurred at least monthly. Making vulgar gestures Nearly 82 percent of female respondents were the target of a vulgar gesture at least once.

About twenty percent said they had been a target at least 51 times. Saying sexually explicit comments Nearly 81 percent of female respondents were the target of sexually explicit comments from an unknown man at least once.

More than 41 percent have been the target at least 26 times in their lives. Following Seventy-five percent of female respondents have been followed by an unknown stranger in public. More than 27 percent have been followed at least six times. Blocking path About 62 percent of women say a man has purposely blocked their path at least once and 23 percent said this has happened at least six times.

Sexual touching or grabbing Nearly 57 percent of women reported being touched or grabbed in a sexual way by a stranger in public. About 18 percent said they have been touched sexually at least six times. Masturbating More than 37 percent of female respondents have had a stranger masturbate at or in front of them at least once in public.As many as 70 percent of women and 45 percent of men have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace, said Amy Blackstone, a sociologist at the University of Maine.

Street harassment is an under-researched topic, but each existing study shows that street harassment is a significant and prevalent problem. Read the SSH national report on street harassment in the USA for the latest research.. The following statistics focus on prevalence. More than 60 percent of the women, percent, reported experiencing at least one form of street harassment in the past month alone.

Prevalence of Street Harassment and its Consequences

For one in four women, percent, the abuse was physical. Street harassment was not really talked about until the last few years, research is just beginning when it comes to exploring the ramifications and consequences of street harassment.

As shown in the statistics above street harassment is an issue that mostly affects women, especially women of color, LGBTQIA people and gender non . The impact of street harassment on women is the focus of Chapter 6 of the Stop Street Harassment book. The women who took the Stop Street Harassment survey said they do the following because of actual of feared harassment.

Street Harassment: Currently Out of women surveyed in the U.S.

Street harassment and its effects on women

in "Unwelcome words and actions by unknown persons in public which are motivated by gender and invade a person’s physical and emotional space in a disrespectful, creepy, startling, scary, or insulting way.

Street Harassment and its Effects on Women by Aubrey Bittenbender on Prezi