When Silence Is Not Golden:

40% Of Individuals Unsure How To Handle Catcalling

A startling new survey has revealed that many Americans are unsure what to do when they witness catcalling.

The study of 2,000 adults in the US found that 4 in 10 people feel helpless in these situations, while over half have experienced harassment themselves. The findings shed light on the prevalence of street harassment and highlight the need for education and awareness to combat it.

A new study commissioned by L’Oréal Paris Stand Up and conducted by OnePoll has found that many Americans are unsure how to respond to cat-calling.

Harassment on The Rise

The survey, which polled 2,000 US adults, discovered that 72% of respondents had either witnessed harassment or had personally experienced it themselves. Of those polled, 52% reported having been harassed, while 37% had witnessed it happening to others in public.

Witnessing harassment can trigger a range of emotions, including anger (75%), sadness (50%), being stunned (41%), and helplessness (32%). These emotions can be overwhelming, leaving many unsure of how to respond.

Emotional Response

Respondents defined harassment as being touched without permission (67%), being made to feel uncomfortable (67%), being followed (55%), being racially profiled (52%), and being yelled at (49%).

Changing Perceptions of Harassment

“It is so important to recognize what harassment is and where it’s happening,” said Emily May, President, Co-Founder, and Lead Executive Officer, Right To Be.

Recognizing Harassment Is Key

“The best way people can take a stand against harassment is to learn the best ways to recognize it, address it, and prevent it from escalating.”

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