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Groped, Grabbed, up-skirted; 2 in 3 Girls in UK Sexually Harassed once in Month

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A new survey regarding the safety of women in UK released shocking statistics about sexual harassment against young women in British society.

The poll carried out by charity Plan International UK revealed that a group of more than 66 per cent of women in England aged between 14 to 21 have been sexually harassed in public. The harassment includes catcalling, groping and upskirting.

More than 1,000 girls and women have been called to share their experiences in public, e.g. on transport, travelling to school, work and bar or on the street. Two third of women expressed dissatisfaction about unwanted physical/sexual contact or attention.

The interviewees announced that the instances occurred at least once a month with 38 per cent exposed to verbal harassment like sexual comments and catcalling. Another group of 15 per cent were directly groped, grabbed or touched.

Upskirting also accounted for over 10 per cent of the incidents. Plan International UK called the government and other security officials to acknowledge street harassment as violence against women. “We already know that women sadly experience street harassment all too often, but this survey brings to light the shocking fact that it’s regularly happening to girls as young as 14, too,” said Tanya Barron, the charity’s chief executive.

They are being harassed while they’re out with their friends, travelling on public transport and just trying to get on with their everyday lives. Girls have a right to move around independently and be in public places without fear. They are telling us that they refuse to accept harassment as a normal part of growing up. They want to see change, and we all have a responsibility to help make that happen.

A young girl from Birmingham describes these sorts of instances as “scary” especially when it occurs dark at night.

Now my parents are more cautious about when I’ll be home and going out after dark, which affects my plans and my work if they can’t always pick me up.

The social security and women’s right in UK have been violated in different forms in previous decades. This is while the country is a claimer on the issue and recurrently attacks other countries for what it calls gender equality.

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