SEXUAL harassment is “part and parcel” of a night out, a shocking new study has found.
Almost three-quarters of young Brits have witnessed sexual harassment during an evening in bars, pubs and clubs.
A YouGov poll of 2,013 adults – aged between 18 and 24 – found two thirds of women and more than a quarter of men have been on the receiving end of sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment is illegal – it applies to any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature, which violates your dignity, makes you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated, or creates a hostile or offensive environment.
More than 79 per cent of women surveyed had experienced inappropriate comments or behaviour, and unwanted touching.
And, 72 per cent reported seeing sexual harassment in some form.
The survey, commissioned by Drinkaware, was published by the charity in a bid to end drunken sexual harassment.
Drinkaware’s campaign lead Janet MacKechnie commented: “For far too many people, drunken sexual harassment is now sadly part and parcel of a night out.
“Being drunk is no excuse to grab, grope or make inappropriate comments to strangers on a night out after a few drinks.”
The charity is calling for bystanders to step in, if safe to do so, and support victims.
Drinkaware’s three step approach is:
1. Spot it: is something dodgy happening?
2. Check it: is it safe to step in?
3. Speak out: if it’s safe to do so, check in with the person being targeted. Are they OK? If not, try staff or security.
MacKechnie added: “If people see someone being sexually harassed, asking them if they are OK can make a big difference – whether they’re a friend or a stranger.”
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Physical sexual harassment can mean unwanted touching, hugging , kissing, pinching and cases of rape.
Verbal remarks include questions about your sex life, comments on the way you look, requests for sexual favours or lewd comments.
The Citizens Advice Bureau states: “If you’re being harassed and you feel you’re in danger you can contact the police.”
Schemes such as Good Night Out train bar staff so they can spot when customers are being sexually harassed or groped.
The training is not compulsory and it’s up to individual venue organisers to run it.
In July, we reported what a top doctor “told female colleague during campaign of harassment”.
Earlier this month, we explained what stalking is and what to do if you are a victim of it.