Does street harassment differ in different countries? How is it perceived and challenged? We asked our colleagues in eight BuzzFeed offices to describe what sexist harassment is like where they live. Lane Sainty, Australia:Street harassment is common in Australia. A 2015 study found 87% of women had experienced verbal or physical street harassment in their lives. It happens slightly more often to women who are alone, and while it’s not unusual for it to occur in broad daylight, there’s an added risk at night.A lot of harassment in Australia is delivered from people in cars, whether it’s honking, leering, yelling, or slowing down to intimidate and follow people. It also happens on public transport, as well as just on the street. While there’s a growing perception of street harassment as unacceptable, it’s certainly still ubiquitous – and something that society doesn’t see a priority.Marie Kirschen, France:Unfortunately, it’s very common. Catcalls can easily turn into insults but they are seen by a lot of people are some kind of compliment that women should be happy about. Street harassment can also take place in public transportation. According to a study that took place in the suburbs of Paris, 100% of women have… Read full this story
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