97% of women aged 18-24 in Britain faced sexual harassment: Poll

2021-03-15 20:57:19
97% of women aged 18-24 in Britain faced sexual harassment: Poll

The majority of women and girls in Britain have experienced sexual harassment in public places, according to new data from UN Women.

The study found that 97 percent of women aged 18 to 24 have experienced sexual harassment, and more than 80 percent of women of all ages have endured such behaviour.

The data was collected from a YouGov survey of over 1,000 women commissioned in January 2021 by UN Women.

It also shows how little faith survivors of sexual abuse in the UK often have on authorities, since 96% of the respondents in the survey said that they did not report the incidents, and 45% of them reasoned that "it wouldn't change anything".

An estimated 85,000 women are raped and more than 400,000 sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year, with only a tiny fraction of incidents leading to criminal convictions, according to Reuters.

The most recent figures showed the conviction rate per rape allegation recorded by the police was 2.6%, a record low.

Several people were detained during a memorial to Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman who was kidnapped and murdered in London after she walked home alone at night, sparking widespread anger and fear for women's safety.

Since Everard's disappearance, many women have taken to social media to recount their own experiences of harassment and assault on Britain's streets and to demand change.

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