Bristol to march in support of victims of sexual assault and street harassment

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A march is taking place this evening in Bristol in support of victims of sexual assault and street harassment.

The city has some of the highest levels of gender based crime across the UK.

The march comes as the 'me too' hashtag is being shared on social media right across the world to raise awareness of harassment.

Campaign group Bristol ZeroTolerance has conducted a survey to investigate the extent of harassment in Bristol.

It says almost all of those it surveyed said they had experienced harassment weekly or even daily.

The research produced some shocking statistics:

According to the study the highest levels of harassment were reported in Easton and St Pauls.

This month Avon and Somerset Police started to include gender or misogyny within their hate crime category.

Bristol ZeroTolerance says harassment is a serious problem in the city and more people need to be made aware of the issue.

Organisers of the march are hoping it can help generate awareness in conjunction with the online campaign.

The march is set to begin from the fountains in the centre of Bristol at 6pm.