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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Most young women have been sexually harassed

Large YouGOv polls finds that 38 percent of 18 to 24 year olds have experienced inappropriate touching in a public place.

Sexual harassment in a public place

While there are a lot of high-profile sexual abuse and harassment cases in the news at the moment, a recent poll has found that this kind of behaviour is far from limited to Hollywood. The majority of young women in the UK say they have been sexually harassed in public at some point in the last five years.

While this figure does decline in the older age groups, overall, 24 percent of women reported having been harassed. The most common form of harassment reported in the survey was a verbal comment of a sexual nature which made the respondent feel uncomfortable (39 percent). 31 percent said they had experienced inappropriate touching – this rises to 38 percent for 18 to 24 year olds.

You can see the full figures in the table below:

It is no surprise then that more defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales according to the Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report published last month (10 October 2017) and summarised here.

Infographic: Majority of young women have been sexually harassed | Statista

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