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Make sexual harassment a specific criminal offence

Submitted by Mary Cork on Thursday 11th March 2021

Published on Monday 22nd March 2021

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Current Signatures: 2,940
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Make sexual harassment a specific criminal offence

Petition Details

On the 10th March, the Guardian posted the results of a YouGov poll of British women and girls showing that almost all young women in the UK have been sexually harassed.

Only by enacting legal change can we end this blight on women’s lives.

Additional Information

Among women aged 18-24, 97% said they had been sexually harassed, while 80% of women of all ages said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces.

Many girls, and their parents, do not feel able to report harassment due to a lack of clarity in the law. There is no specific offence of sexual harassment in UK law, meaning perpetrators can all too often get away with it.


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