65% of Women Have Been Harassed on Street
And it often turns physical, says nonprofit group
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2014 10:07 AM CDT
Some 65% of women have been victims of street harassment.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A new survey offers some alarming stats about what women endure on the streets of America: It finds that 65% of them have experienced harassment of some sort, Mother Jones reports. Some 41% of women were physically harassed, a category that includes being flashed, fondled, or followed. The report from Stop Street Harassment also found that people of color and LGBT people of both genders were more likely to be harassed than white or straight people. More than half of victims were harassed by age 17, but for LGBT people, that figure increased to 70%.

“There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about what street harassment is," the group's founder tells the Washington Post. "A lot of people think of the stereotype of a woman in a short skirt walking by a construction site, when it’s so much more than that." At the Guardian, Jessica Valenti writes about the various strategies being employed to fight the problem, but "whatever the method, something needs to be done." It's "not just for equality," she writes, "but because, one day, I'd like my daughter to take the subway to school." The survey follows in the wake of the #YesAllWomen campaign, sparked by the UC Santa Barbara shooting.

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Janedear
Nov 11, 2015 1:18 AM CST
I was harassed many times but one instant stands out in memory the most. I was walking down the street with a friend when a complete stranger, ran up to me and started screaming at me, and accusing me of being a stuck up b**** and ignoring him. I had NO IDEA what he was talking about, and being very shy, I was really embarrassed by this spectacle. He wouldn't listen when I tried to explain to him that I hadn't heard him. Apparently, while I was busy chatting with friend, he had driven by and yelled some things at me, and he was angry that I hadn't responded. At one point, I thought he was going to hit me. Oh! I wish I wasn't so shy back then, I really regret not standing up for myself.
Arthur Machado
Jun 8, 2014 8:08 PM CDT
The report include 1000 woman and 1000 men. The woman who organized the survey/poll wrote the report authored books about sexual harassment. This story is wrong in just so many ways. Just one example of how really wrong this article and report is: The latest FBI statistics - 2011 - show 53 rapes per 100,000 people or .00053% In the report by the unbiased author Ms. Kearl she says 9% reported being forced to do something sexual. Clearly the report is absolutely ridiculous and not representative of reality.
K.C.
Jun 8, 2014 7:37 PM CDT
It is really strange for me to see this kind of report some 36 years or so after it happened to me. I am a white woman who was in my late twenties or early thirties when I was accosted by a guy while walking back to work after dinner one evening to do overtime. It was on a main street as well--Ventura Blvd. The guy came up alongside me, at first sounding ultra friendly before he started hitting me on the back. I was so shocked I couldn't think of anything to do but get to my building as fast as I could and the guy eventually left. It was a very frightening experience I'll never forget.