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Crime Not Compliment

One year of activism

We launched our Crime Not Compliment campaign in partnership with Our Streets Now in November 2020. Together we have made some significant steps forward, but we still have far to go.

60,000 people have already made their voices heard and we will continue calling for change until public sexual harassment is made a crime.  

We need a Public Sexual Harassment Law to tackle public sexual harassment, so that girls have the protection that they need and deserve in public spaces.  

We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign so far, from our committed campaigners to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Together, we can make public sexual harassment a crime.

In the UK today

Our survey, funded by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, found...

92%of disabled girls and young women have experienced public sexual harassment

90%of lesbian, gay and bisexual girls and young women have experienced public sexual harassment

88%of mixed-race girls and 82% of Black, African, Caribbean and Black British girls have experienced public sexual harassment

Helena, is a member of Plan International UK's Youth Advisory Panel.
Helena is a member of Plan International UK's Youth Advisory Panel

Helena speaks out

Amongst girls aged 12 to 21 in the UK, 75% have experienced public sexual harassment. Helena has written about her experience and why the Crime Not Compliment campaign matters to her.

Sexual harassment is even seen as a compliment and something we should be grateful for. Our fears are discredited as ingratitude or paranoia. We are not truly heard. 

- Helena, member of Plan International UK's Youth Advisory Panel 

Decisions backed up by research

Our ‘What Works for Ending Public Sexual Harassment’ report shows that a new law will help protect every girl’s right to live free from sexual harassment. The research also finds that some girls are at a greater risk of public sexual harassment due to their identity. 

Together with Our Streets Now

The law isn’t fit for purpose, and public sexual harassment is going unreported and unpunished. ​Young people must be part of the solution.

That’s why we are partnering with sisters Gemma and Maya, who founded grassroots youth campaign Our Streets Now to call for public sexual harassment to be made a criminal offence.  

Change the law on public sexual harassment

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*The research was conducted by CHILDWISE, supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, amongst a representative sample of 1,515 of 12-21-year-old girls and young women in the UK in June and July 2021.

A full summary of the key survey findings is available upon request - please contact the press office for more information.

 If you've experienced street harassment and need to talk to someone, you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit their website.

If you experience behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable on public transport, you can report it to the British Transport Police by texting what, when and where to 61016.