Measuring #MeToo: A National Study on Sexual Harassment and Assault

(April 2019) Newly released 2019 findings confirmed much of what we knew from our 2018 survey — sexual harassment occurs across all parts of our life, particularly in public spaces. It affects any group that is marginalized. And they are acts of abuse of power, disrespect, and disregard for human dignity. What we found is that even in a self-reported survey, very few people have ever been accused of sexual harassment or assault compared with those who have said they perpetrated it and especially compared with the many people who said they have experienced it. By and large, when people say they experienced sexual harassment or assault, they are telling the truth.

RALIANCE partnered with UC San Diego Center on Gender Equity and Health , Stop Street Harassment, NORC at the University of Chicago, the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and Promundo. NORC at the University of Chicago conducted the nationally representative survey of 1,182 women and 1,037 men across February – March 2019. UCSD’s GEH did the data analysis.

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