So I have now closed the survey that i created surrounding the issue of street harassment, and the results are in.
Firstly, it’s been great to see so many women and girls participating in this survey, and it’s been interesting to say the least to see how women in the UK feel about street harassment. Looking at the results, it is clear that this is very much an issue, and many women and girls feel like they can’t really speak out about it due to it being so normalised and common.
The results show that cat-calling is by far the most common form of harassment that women girls experience whilst walking on the streets, with 72%. Sexual approaches and comments came in equal, with only 7% saying that this is the most common form of street harassment that they experience.
And over 40% of women who took part in this survey said that they expect to experience some form of harassment whenever they walk alone on the street or with other girls. A fair number of women and girls say that they don’t tend to think about it though, with 38% of overall votes.
61% believe that there are men and boys that understand the implications of their actions, but also a number of men and boys that don’t understand. But a large number of women and girls say that street harassment makes them feel uncomfortable, unsafe, and angry. Only 8% said they felt confident when they experienced cat-calling, comments etc.
It was great to see that so many women and girls (61%) thought that making misogyny a hate crime nationwide would create safer communities.
The most interesting answers came from the last question though, which was asking why they thought street harassment has become so normalised, and is such a regular occurrence. Here is a selection of some of the answers:
“There has been nothing in place to condemn it, it’s seen as banter”
“Because of the lack of education in schools and the unwillingness of girls to report it or talk about it because they are embarrassed/think it is normal”
“Due to men in general not understanding/ being taught that it is harassment and that it makes women feel uncomfortable/ unsafe. Also that men do not reprimand each other for such behaviour and sometimes encourage such behaviour therefore perpetuating the harassment”
“There is no punishment for this harassment unless reported to the police, even then proving this to be a crime and actually achieving any form of justice is unlikely. Men do not see this form of harassment as wrong as it is normalised through our culture and media which perpetuate stereotypes and misogyny”
“When something like this happens so often and from a young age (around 13+) it’s easy to normalise this behaviour and almost disregard it. I feel like (some) guys believe it’s innocent and just a bit of a ‘joke’ when they’re with their friends, but then in reality they need to put themselves in the shoes of a young girl walking alone and realise that this isn’t acceptable behaviour, nor is it a ‘joke'”
I’d like to thank everyone who participated in this survey. I am currently in the very final stages of editing; just tweaking bit’s here and there and i am hoping to have the documentary up on the blog by Tuesday. I will be posting a few more blog posts with some clips from the various interviews that i carried out.