June 3, 2014: In 2014, SSH commissioned a 2,000-person nationally representative survey in the USA with firm GfK. The survey found that 65% of all women had experienced street harassment. Among all women, 23% had been sexually touched, 20% had been followed, and 9% had been forced to do something sexual.
Among men, 25% had been street harassed (a higher percentage of LGBT-identified men than heterosexual men reported this) and their most common form of harassment was homophobic or transphobic slurs (9%).
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“New Study Suggests Street Harassment is Widespread,” Washington Post
“Two-Thirds of Women in the US have been Street Harassed,” Feministing
“Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women,” HuffPostLive segment
“LGBT Men Experience High Rates of Street Harassment,” Human Rights Campaign
“Report: Street Harassment a Major Problem in the United States,” The Huffington Post
“How Street Harassment Affects Cyclists,” Philly Pedals
“A New Report Reveals the Realities of Street Harassment,” Bitch Media
“An Open Letter to My Street Harassers,” Hello Giggles
“New Report Details Street Harassment Faced By Native Women, Women and Men Across America,” First Peoples Worldwide
“In School or in the Street, Sexual Harassment Is a Daily Problem,” AAUW Blog, cross-posted at Fem2Pt0
“When Will We Take Street Harassment Seriously?” Role/Reboot
“Now We Know How Many Women Get Groped by Men in Public,” Mother Jones
“Quoted: Mother Jones On The Ugly Data Of Street Harassment,” Racialicious
“Street Harassment USA,” Ms Magazine
“Study Confirms What It’s Like To Walk Down The Street While Female,” Huffington Post
“Study confirms what it feels like to walk down the street while female,” Daily Times (Pakistan)
“Street harassment is not a compliment,” The Dialog (Canadian University Press Newswire)
Newsradio 1070 WKOK and WKOK.com in Sunbury, PA
The Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM Progress 127
“How a Fake Phone Number Teaches Guys About Feminism,” Yahoo! Shine
“We Must Put an End to Street Harassment,” Morocco World New
“Things every man should understand about #YesAllWomen,” The Manitoban (student newspaper of University of Manitoba)
“Bicycling in D.C.: Where are the women?,” WTOP (mentions a statistic from the report)
“Look away, men: A gaze can hurt. Men can appreciate a pretty girl without being aggressive,” The Hamilton Spectator
“#YouOKSis Street Harassment Tweet Chat,” The WIP
“‘Even If You Don’t Like It, You’re Supposed to Appear That You Do,’” The Atlantic
“Experts: Sexual harassment on transit underreported,” RedEye Chicago
Members of the media can direct interview requests and inquiries to report author Holly Kearl, hkearl@ stopstreetharassment.org.
METHODOLOGY: The report is comprised of a mixture of survey findings, focus group summaries, and recommendations from experts and activists.
* SSH worked with the non-partisan national surveying firm GfK to conduct a nationally representative survey about street harassment in the USA with 2,000 respondents. It is ground-breaking for being the largest national survey to-date on the topic, the first statistically significant survey to include men, and the first to include how street harassment uniquely impacts people based on their race, income and sexual orientation/gender expression.
NOTE: It is not 100% comprehensive given the 2,000 person sample size (which is what we could afford after nearly two years of fundraising). For example, persons with disabilities or persons in smaller racial groups, like Asians, were not examined as a category because of how few respondents reflected those identities. We hope this study can be a jumping off point and inspiration for a HUGE study on street harassment that is inclusive of more people’s experiences and also looks at WHY street harassment happens.
* Ten focus groups compliment the survey findings in the research report. Examples of the focus groups — Native Americans in SD, queer women of color in NY, Latinas in FL, college students of color in MD, and men of various races who identify as GBQ in D.C. Several focus group participants will be available for an interview.
* A dozen interviews with experts and activists help shape the recommendations and “promising practices” section of the report.
WHY GFK CUSTOM RESEARCH LLC: In 2011, SSH founder and then American Association of University Women Program Manager Holly Kearl co-authored a national study on sexual harassment in grades 7-12. Kearl and her co-author Dr. Catherine Hill wrote the survey questions, analyzed the data, and wrote the research report, but GfK Custom Research LLC, named Knowledge Networks at the time, conducted the survey. Because Knowledge Networks has sound surveying methods and extensive experience conducting surveys the AAUW study was featured in AP, New York Times, Washington Post, Education Week, NPR, and more. Knowledge Networks was easy to work with, professional, and prompt.
The White House administration called the survey the “gold standard” for studying the topic.
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