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Shocking levels of street sexual harassment revealed

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Granada Reports can exclusively reveal the shocking levels of public sexual harassment faced by girls and young women in our region. More than 70% of 14-21 year olds asked as part of a survey say it's happened to them.

For many it's not just wolf whistling but being followed or even having pictures taken up their skirts.

Charity Plan UK is campaigning for street harassment to be taken more seriously in the region and has launched a petition with a focus on Greater Manchester's strategy to end violence against women and girls.

Research revealed in the North West:

  • 71% of girls and young women have been sexually harassed in public.
  • 23% say they were grabbed, groped or touched at least once a month.
  • 41% have been followed.
  • 16% have experienced 'upskirting' in public.
  • 47% are experiencing verbal harassment like catcalling, wolf whistling and sexual comments at least once a month.
  • 14 is the average age girls experienced sexual harassment in public.

Atlanta who is 17 and from Manchester told Granada she'd gotten used to it thinking, 'what do you expect, you're a girl.'

She and a friend were recently followed home:

Recently the Government refreshed it's strategy to tackle the issue officially recognising street harassment as a form of gender based violence for the first time.

We all have the right to go about our day-to-day lives without fear of intimidation or harassment. Sadly, that is not the reality for many girls and young women. The experiences of street harassment highlighted by Plan International shine a much-needed spotlight on this issue.

We each have a responsibility to make sure girls and women feel safe on our streets and in public spaces, as well as in their own homes. That’s why the Mayor and I have already made a commitment that tackling street harassment will be a key part of Greater Manchester’s approach to ending violence against women and girls.

– Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, Bev Hughes