a while ago, i asked you to fill in a survey i made to get some more insights about how other people actually experience / feel about street harassment because i felt like basing my anti-street-harassment politics on my own experience only is simply not enough / not that relevant.
thank you all who participated in the survey, i'm very thankful for each and every response! i know it was not the most pleasant survey as it was tackling a lot of personal, violent and unpleasant issues, so thumbs up for everyone who did write it all down for me. i wish i could hug every single one who wrote all those extremely personal stories, i value that so much!
and now to the results, right.
i let the survey open for 16 days and gathered 114 responses, now i know that such amount is definitely not enough to be able to gain any scientific outcomes (but hey, that was not the purpose of the survey anyway) but i simply wanted to analyse it when i still have some free time, which is probably gonna change very soon.
you can check out and download the whole report of the survey analysis here, feel free to use it for any school / personal papers and studies! : ) (it'd be nice if you dropped me a line before it though!)
i will of course use it for my future posts for this blog too, just give some time to process it - and maybe write your own reflections meanwhile? any reaction is welcome and encouraged!
/ i chose pink and purple simply because i like it and i believe it just works well, graphic-wise, there's no other meaning behind it /
it's a shame that the gender scope is not very diverse even though i intended the survey to be all-gender-inclusive (i even left it as an open question so that no one would be excluded) but it's actually not that surprising considering the topic (street harassment is often perceived as a problem happening to women only) and the media where it was promoted (= my blog and fanpage; both of the platforms have a very specific audience group)
again, specific audience = limited diversity.
it was awful to watch this number rise every day. (i actually cried quite many times when doing it) i just hope all those who replied yes are fine and safe now and those fuckers who did the harm have been punished.
this was another open question and i tried to sum up the diverse responses in a few, more abstract categories. there were many answers that stated that the reaction would differ depending on situation / company which i counted as a multiple response. most of the respondents just ignore the offender / pretend nothing is happening / quickly walk away, mostly because they are scared of the reaction, however, many said that they wished they were able to react. many are trying to show their disagreement (rolling eyes, frowning etc.) even though they are trying to rush away; and verbal reaction as shouting 'fuck off' or asking the offender whether they think it is really appropriate to act that way are very common too.
many respondents stated that their reaction would differ depending on the overall situation. the graph above sums up how their reactions would change.
i think this is a very important insight considering the respondent group of this survey: females aged between 18 and 24. you can say that 73% of the asked group feel like carrying a self-defense weapon is a relevant and necessary thing to do in order to be safe - and that is indeed sad and scary.
most people carried one weapon only, maximum number was 3 per person. it's interesting that pepper spray is the most popular weapon when it's illegal in so many countries, but yet again, no wonder - it is very effective and can be used from long distances. (other weapons, keys especially, can rather help you in 'marking' the offender for easier recognition later than actually paralysing him)
THIS. IS. SO. SAD.
STAY SAFE AND FIGHT SEXISM, VIOLENCE AND GENDER INEQUALITY! ♥