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Change the law on public sexual harassment

Think the law protects girls against sexual harassment?

Think again.

Together with Our Streets Now

The law isn’t fit for purpose, and public sexual harassment is going unreported and unpunished. ​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.  

Coronavirus has made this worse

If anything I think street harassment and cat-calling has actually increased personally for me since the lockdown. You are a much easier target when you are by yourself and there is not a lot of people around you to witness you being harassed.

– Tanya, 21, Birmingham 

What works for ending public sexual harassment

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.  

Over half a million people have supported our call for the UK government to introduce a new law on public sexual harassment. However, a new law is just the start - our report shows that other policy and practice solutions are needed as well.

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.