A Cosmopolitan survey in 2015 found that one in three women had experienced sexual harassment at work. Another survey, in 2014, found that 65% of women had experienced street harassment. Whether it’s unwanted attention, undesired requests for dates or sexual activity, lewd remarks, or even touching without permission, the reality is that many trans and cis women will experience sexual harassment of some type in their lifetime. The outcome of this can be folks feeling unsafe at work, school, and in their community, leading to individuals leaving jobs and/or missing out on career opportunities, leaving educational programs, altering habits to seek safer public spaces, and even psychological trauma.
Ready to take action on the issue of sexual harassment? On the right side of this page, you’ll see a list of national organizations with which you can connect to learn more. Be sure to also do a search online, including on social media, to identify and partner with organizations doing work to address sexual harassment in your state or your community.
Unfortunately, harassment isn't limited to the physical world; people who identify as women - especially women of color, LGBTQIA folks, immigrants, religious minorities, and people with disabilities - also experience significant harassment online. Here are a few resources to help you stay safe as you take action online:
- "A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity" by Noah Kelley (HACK*BLOSSOM)
- Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment - Feminist Frequency
- Zen and the Art of Making Tech Work for You - Gender and Tech Resources