In December 2017 The Women and Equalities Committee held a one-off evidence session on women’s experiences of everyday sexism and sexual harassment. MPs now want to focus on women and girls’ experiences of sexual harassment in public places: on the street; on public transport; in shopping areas; in bars and clubs; and other public areas.
- A national survey published by YouGov in 2016 revealed that 85% of women aged 18-24 had experienced unwanted sexual touching.
- Reported sexual offences on trains have more than doubled in the past five years.
The Committee wants to understand why sexual harassment happens in public places, what effect it has on women and girls, and how to prevent it and support victims. The Committee is interested in how age, ethnicity, sexuality and other characteristics affect women’s experiences.