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Thu May 18, 2017, 12:19 PM

Nearly 90 per cent of young women in US have experienced sexual harassment, report finds

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Nearly 90 per cent of young women in US have experienced sexual harassment, report finds

Young people struggling to form and maintain healthy and fulfilling romantic relationships and deal with widespread misogyny and sexual harassment, study reveals


Despite a high rate of sexual assault among young people, 48 per cent of this group either agreed or were neutral about the idea that “society has reached a point that there is no more double standard against women, report finds iStock

Nearly 90 per cent of young women in the US have experienced some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime, according to a new report. Despite the high number, the research carried out by the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education found that many weren't talking to their parents or educators about the issue. The study, based on a survey of more than 3,000 18 to 25-year-olds across the US, found that 87 per cent of young women reported having experienced some form of sexual harassment during their lifetime.


However, more than three quarters (76 per cent) of its respondents, both male and female, had never had a conversation with their parents about how to avoid sexually harassing others. More than half (56 per cent) of respondents meanwhile said they had never spoken with their parents about the importance of not pressuring someone to have sex, while an even higher proportion (62 per cent) had not spoken to their parents about the importance of not continuing to ask someone to have sex after they have said no. *********It also found that third of young men think they should be dominant in relationships. *********


The report also suggests that many young people struggle to develop healthy romantic relationships, due to the fact that both teens and adults tend to greatly overestimate the percentage of young people who are hooking up or having casual sex. This can lead to many teenagers and young adults feeling pressured to engage in sex when they are not interested or ready, it warned.

The authors of the report recommend that adults need to “identify for teens common forms of misogyny and harassment”, such as catcalling or using gender-based slurs, and that they should to “talk to teens specifically about what respect and care concretely mean in any type of romantic relationship”.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/sexual-harrassment-us-young-women-90-percent-titled-the-talk-a7740456.html

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 09:51 AM

1. What percentage of young men in the US have experienced unwelcome erections in public?

Our bodies are sexually harassing us!

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Response to Nitram (Reply #1)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:09 PM

3. gee, thanks for taking this subject so seriously. i95

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Response to niyad (Reply #3)

Sun May 21, 2017, 04:17 PM

9. I'm sorry. I just find the whole subject of sex very difficult to parse.

I did not enjoy being an adolescent.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #9)

Mon May 22, 2017, 11:35 AM

14. very few people do.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 10:38 AM

2. That doesn't surprise me. And it's nothing new. It's just that people used to

didn't talk about it. Many times young women didn't tell anybody about it because they knew they wouldn't be believed or it would be minimized.

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Response to raccoon (Reply #2)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:09 PM

4. you are absolutely correct. even in this thread.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Fri May 19, 2017, 12:10 PM

5. . . . .

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Response to niyad (Reply #5)

Sat May 20, 2017, 08:25 AM

6. Yeah, it's nice to know so many DUers are concerned about this.

Need I add

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Response to raccoon (Reply #6)

Sat May 20, 2017, 02:00 PM

7. exactly!!!

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sat May 20, 2017, 02:01 PM

8. . . .

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Sun May 21, 2017, 05:16 PM

10. It is difficult to have a discussion on this

without knowing how the study defined "sexual harassment".

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #10)

Sun May 21, 2017, 11:50 PM

11. WTF. Seriously?

It took me a few seconds to find the report -- less time than it probably took you to type in your post minimizing the importance of sexual harassment.

https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/files/gse-mcc/files/mcc_the_talk_final.pdf

In our national survey of 18 to 25-year-olds,
87% percent of women reported having
experienced at least one of the following
during their lifetime: being catcalled (55%),
touched without permission by a stranger
(41%), insulted with sexualized words (e.g.,
slut, bitch, ho) by a man (47%), insulted with
sexualized words by a woman (42%), having a
stranger say something sexual to them (52%),
and having a stranger tell them they were
“hot” (61%). Yet 76% of respondents to this
survey had never had a conversation with their
parents about how to avoid sexually harassing
others. Majorities of respondents had never
had conversations with their parents about
various forms of misogyny.

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Response to athena (Reply #11)

Mon May 22, 2017, 01:15 AM

12. I forgive you for misinterpreting my post.

Thanks for the link.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #10)

Mon May 22, 2017, 12:51 PM

15. What leads you to believe the discussion would be difficult?

What leads you to believe the discussion would be difficult by (all thing being equal) relying on the common and easy-to-find definitions of misogyny and harassment (e.g., catcalling or using gender-based slurs.... from the article)?

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Response to LanternWaste (Reply #15)

Mon May 22, 2017, 05:17 PM

16. Difficulty due to too many wrong assumptions about

the definitions used to get to the numbers quoted.

Yes, misogyny and harassment are all bad.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Mon May 22, 2017, 11:07 AM

13. . . . .

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Mon May 22, 2017, 09:15 PM

17. Wolf Whistles? Bad Language? Taunts?

 

I saw these things in primary school. I said them AND I received them.

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Response to mark fromelko (Reply #17)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:42 AM

19. welcome to du. so how did you feel being on both sides of the harassment?

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Response to niyad (Reply #19)

Tue May 23, 2017, 03:39 PM

21. Part of growing up

 

Other guys used to give me grief because I had long hair. Some of the girls did, too. But I knew I was heterosexual, so I really didn't care. Not saying there's anything wrong with being LGBT. It's just that I grew up in a generation where slurs were frequent, whether ethnic, sexual or otherwise, and you dealed.

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Response to niyad (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 12:26 AM

18. How very sad.

There are so many forms of bigotry which often get overlooked, but when it comes to sexual harassment against women, I feel many people still don't have a clue. Too many people make light of the harassment and try to make it sound if the woman is the problem rather than the victim. I can't think of a single woman in my life who hasn't been harassed at some point, and with almost all of them, I have actually witnessed it personally. It is a sad state of affairs when ending the belittlement of women is not a priority.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #18)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:43 AM

20. you are correct. and we see the dismissal everywhere, even on progressive sites.

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