Almost half of U.S. teen and adult internet users say they have experienced online harassment or abuse, a new report shows. The study, carried out by the Data & Society Research Institute and Center for Innovative Public Health Research, found that 47% of Americans have personally experienced at least one of 20 forms of harassing behavior. The types of harassment were divided into three categories: digital harassment (e.g. Although men and women are equally likely to face online harassment, the study showed, women experience a wider variety of online abuse, including more serious violations. The report also revealed that sexual minorities (those who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual) are more likely to experience online harassment--and are more likely to be affected by it.
Most women and girls have experienced some form of street harassment, and in many cases this behaviour goes unreported. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about harassment? In 2017, we're challenging them to tackle four of the biggest problems facing women today - the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport. With your help, they'll be coming up with real-life solutions and we want you to get involved with your ideas.
Maya Tutton, 22, says that her first experience of street harassment was when she was still at school, recalling: "I remember one particular incident when I was 14 and several men pulled up next to me with two friends and they made some of the most sexually threatening comments I had heard in my life.
As the rallying cry against sexual harassment and bullying in many fields, including academia, continues to grow, more and more victims are coming forward with their stories, reflecting how this damaging culture has been the norm across sectors for decades. Studies of women in academia report that more than half have experienced harassment. This behavior has remained obscured for many reasons: fear, resignation, and acceptance. The scientific community must recognize the difficult conversations that have started and embrace this watershed moment as an opportunity for rapid and essential cultural change.