This national street harassment study is critically needed to bring attention to the issue and to help improve prevention efforts.
100% of the money will finance the 2,000 person, nationally representaive survey, the first of its kind.
The right to walk down the street safely at any time of day or night is one that girls and women around the world are routinely denied, as are many men in the LGBQT community.
Instead, to try to stay safe they may do one, some, or all of the following: only go places with someone, only go out during the day, constantly assess their surroundings, and/or have their anti-harassment armor on (a scowl, sunglasses, headphones, and a fast-paced walk).
While every woman and some men have a story about being talked to, followed, grabbed, or attacked in an unwanted sexual, homophobic, transphobic, or sexist way by a stranger while on the streets, on a bus, in a park or a store, their experiences are not widely acknowledged or addessed.
It's time to FINALLY have national data in the USA documenting how widespread street harassment is, the negative ways it impacts our lives, and the reasons why it occurs.
Stop Street Harassment plans to undertake a national street harassment survey in the United States with a national survey firm to document its prevalence and impact.
Here is information about what the study will entail and its cost breakdown.
Founder Holly Kearl has also been self-financing focus groups with under-represented demographics across the country, including Native Americans in South Dakota, queer women of color in Brooklyn, NY, young women in Los Angeles, and GBTQI men in Washington, D.C.
SSH will produce a report using the findings of the survey and focus group to better inform the general public and stakeholders about the issue. The findings will also inform our future campaigns and programs.
This fundraiser is part of #GivingTuesday on Dec. 3, 2013.
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