The evidence is unmistakable, the numbers alarming. Over 80 percent of women experience gender-based harassment from unknown men in public, including whistling, sexually-explicit comments, groping, stalking, and assault. One study of 800 women reported that 75 percent had been followed and 57 percent sexually touched. How can it be that so few people recognize this as a problem?
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About the Author
Holly Kearl is an activist, writer, and non-profit professional in the Washington, DC-area. Holly is author of the Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women (Praeger, 2010) and co-author of a national report on sexual harassment in grades 7-12, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School (AAUW, 2011). She founded Stop Street Harassment and International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Since 2007 she's worked for the gender-equity nonprofit AAUW. Holly regularly speaks and writes/blogs on these topics. Her work has been cited by the United Nations, NYC Council, BBC News, New York Times, CNN, Associated Press, NPR, Washington Post, Guardian, Ms. magazine, Cosmo magazine, ABC News, Feministing, and Jezebel. Holly received a master's in public policy and women's studies from George Washington University and BA degrees in history and women's studies from Santa Clara University.