Crime Not Compliment
Join our 2020 campaign
Now more than ever we must stand with girls and champion their right to move freely in public, without the fear of being intimidated and harassed. Let’s make this the generation to end the harassment of girls in public places.
We need as many people as possible to join the call to show MPs we must make public sexual harassment a crime. Add your name to join the campaign and make our streets safer for everyone.
DO YOU FEEL SAFE ON THE STREET?
Our 2018 survey told us...
‘I GET WOLF WHISTLED LIKE A DOG’
“Five seconds away from here, on my way in, I get wolf whistled like a dog. But I would have brushed that off as a part of daily life,” says 19-year-old Siam from South East England.
“Sometimes you can put yourself in more danger if you do retaliate against some guy. You want to, every part of you wants to say something, or fight back or something, but you know that you’re safer if you just do the polite smile and walk on.”
‘WE DIDN’T KNOW WHETHER TO TELL OUR PARENTS’
“A random guy got off at the same tram stop as me and my friend. He started walking at our speed, but then I noticed he was following us. We were running home because we knew something was off and then he started running as well,” says Atlanta, 17, from Manchester.
“We didn’t know whether to call someone, we didn’t know whether to tell our parents, because we were just so shocked. Neither of us took it further, we didn’t call the police and we didn’t do anything about it. I feel like if we had some sort of app where we could report it, it would help make everyone feel they’re not alone in the situation.”
NOT SAFE IN SCHOOL UNIFORM
Our research shows that more than one in three girls in the UK have received unwanted sexual attention, such as being groped, stared at, catcalled and wolf-whistled, while wearing their school uniform in public.
“I was in school uniform sat on a train and this guy kept trying to put his hand on my leg,” says Jess, 16, from Glasgow.
“I ended up getting off the train that next stop and just being completely lost because I just didn’t want to sit there anymore. It was such a horrible experience.”
Gemma from Our Streets Now shares her experience of public sexual harassment and the #CrimeNotCompliment campaign
Youth advocates have taken your petition signatures to decision makers.
UK girls are facing street harassment on a daily basis, and it’s time for it to stop.
Our report on girls’ experiences of street harassment in the UK.
*Our survey was carried out by Opinium Research amongst a representative sample of 1,004 14-21 year old girls in the UK in 2018. The sample has been weighted to reflect a nationally representative audience.
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.