Street harassment is an under-researched topic, but it’s clear from the few studies that exist that it is a significant and prevalent problem.
In 2014, SSH commissioned a 2,000-person national survey in the USA with surveying 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%). Read more findings.
More studies about the street harassment of women and female-identified individuals:
In one of the surveys of 811 women, 99 percent experienced street harassment, including:
More studies about the street harassment of LGBQT individuals:
* Transgender individuals face particularly high rates of public discrimination according to a report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).
* 2013 study of 93,000 LGBQT individuals in the European Union found that half avoided public spaces sometimes because of street harassment and most reported high levels of fear in locations like restaurants, public transportation, streets, parking lots, and parks.
* When Patrick Ryne McNeil surveyed 331 gay and bisexual men around the world about their experience with street harassment for his master’s thesis in 2012, about 90 percent said they are sometimes, often, or always harassed or made to feel unwelcome in public spaces because of their perceived sexual orientation.