I was eight years old the first time I experienced sexual harassment.A man exposed himself to me and my mom while we were walking in a parking lot in broad daylight.And I remember how I was taught to deal with harassment: "You have to ignore it," I remember my red-faced mom saying to me.How many of you have your own story of feeling uncomfortable or scared because of sexual harassment?I would venture to say a lot—especially considering the recent trending hashtag,#YesAllWomenwhich,among other topics,includes many women's personal battles with being verbally or,in some cases,physically harassed.Here's the latest research on the topic: The国家街头骚扰的报告,released last week,shows that the majority of women have experienced harassment in public spaces.
Sixty-seven percent of women say they have experienced sexual harassment on places like streets and sidewalks,making it scary to walk alone—especially at night.
According to the report,65 percent of women surveyed (they talked to 2,000 women across the U.S.) shared that they had experienced street harassment.And more than half of the women surveyed (57 percent) had experienced verbal harassment,23 percent had been sexually touched,20 percent had been followed,14 percent had been "flashed," and 9 percent had been forced to do something sexual.
I live in New York City now,and I don't know a woman who doesn't have at least one story about being sexually harassed,whether it's a catcall on the street or something scarier.It can happen anywhere,and it does.According to the new report,harassment was most commonly reported in public spaces,with 67 percent of women experiencing it in places like streets and sidewalks.But for 26 percent of the survey's participants,it has also happened in stores,restaurants,movie theaters,and malls.
And most women surveyed say they are scared it will escalate.Two thirds of the harassed women (68 percent) said they were very or somewhat concerned that the incident would escalate into something worse.
Unfortunately,the burden of change seems to have been placed on women.So how have we been dealing?Forty-seven percent of harassed women constantly assess their surroundings,and 31 percent always go places with a group or another person.Part of this is being smart about safety,but on the other hand,spending money on a cab or getting a friend to walk you to your car time after time is expensive and exhausting.Even more disturbing,4 percent of respondents said they quit a job or moved due to being harassed.This seems to be a constant theme in talks aboutsexual harassmentand assault: *What can women do to be safer?