On Sexual Harassment Statistics

After reading the harassmap power point it was very inspiring to see the changes going on in Egypt to make the environment a safer place. The use of technology is a great way to keep up to date with device usage, which make help more accessible to the general public, and victims of sexual violence. Once a victim texts the provided phone number they will receive information on further assistance and additional counseling and psychological services. This is one of the features I found is very important. The fact that action is being taken, even after the act of violence, means that the programers of the site are willing to care for these victims for months to come, or until they are cScreen Shot 2016-02-22 at 1.10.46 AMompletely healed. Another good thing about this helping resource is that it is not only available to the victim but the victim’s friends or anyone who wants access to it. If someone felt slightly offended, uncomfortable, or was mildly verbally or sexually assaulted, does not matter what the extent is, they can still receive mental consolation and help.

One of the interesting facts that I came across while looking at the powerpoint is that 45% of assaults are made by men, meaning the other 55% are made by women and children. I think there is a slight lack of information on what age these children are who are responsible for these assaults. I also believe the information canScreen Shot 2016-02-22 at 1.11.10 AM be described more specifically, and it may be interesting to see what percentage of women exactly are committing the crimes, and what percentage of young males, and their ages. It would be helpful to know the age of the “children” who commit the crimes to get a better perspective and insight. The fact the statistics of women and children were combined, was not merely a fact, but I believe was geared to create an emotional effect, to open the eyes of readers and make it clear that the assaulters were not only male. However when discussing statistics I believe there is no need to combine “children and females”, but rather have a specified statistic for each gender and age.

While reading the first article, by Chelsea Young, I also came across a lot of discussion on how females were affected, as Young described how the women were assaulted whether or not they wore a hijab, or despite how they were dressed. What was really astonishing is that the article really focused on explaining how women victims are taken care of, and it was centralized on female case descriptions. However, I would really like to see how the male victims are treated, and read more descriptions on the cases of these male victims. I found this a bit of an inconsistency which did not correlate with the statistics shown in the previous powerpoint, which stated that only 45% of assaulters were male. The way in which the information is presented can be reformulated to be more inclusive of all the victims and their different cases, whether they are male or female.

Overall the movement is great, it is important to make sure all victims who access the hotline are getting professional help, and that the information and statistics are getting out there to hopefully stop and show the seriousness of sexual and verbal violence.


On Sexual Harassment Statistics

3 thoughts on “On Sexual Harassment Statistics

  1. sanasayedi says:

    The statistics of women affected are truly shocking and what is more interesting was the that the 45% is committed by adult males while the 55% is by women and children. I did not hear of such a statistic before so I was surprised to hear that children and women are also held responsible. I do agree with all your main points and how women are taken care of on a psychological level to just let others know or share what has happened to them.


  2. janakornely says:

    I like your critical reflection on the data. The fact that sex (female) and age (children no matter which gender) are matched together as a countercategory to adult males reminded me of that one class when we talked about the issue of women and children. Women and children are seen as the victims, whereas male are traditionally seen as the stronger party or often the bad guys. These statistics show, however, that this is not necessarily the case. Putting women and children together into one category might be helpful to show that sexual assault is also committed by people within that “victim group”, but I agree with your statement that the data would have been more helpful if age and sex would have been treated separately.

    I also think that it is important not to forget that men are victims of sexual harassment just as well, whether it may be committed by females or other males. It might be even harder for men to talk about their harassment than it is for women, especially in societies where men are seen as the strong sex and it would be a sign of weakness to admit being raped or harassed.


  3. Maria Manzanares Gurucharri says:

    I agree with your response and I was also impressed by the amount of children and women that create assaults, but I am not in favor that they put both together in a group, because this way the number seems bigger and they are discriminating that group by not making a difference like the men are.

    On the other hand I like the way they make clear it is not only men who do the assaults because once I saw a video that really shocked me and it was a hidden camera which recorded the reaction of the people on the street when a man shouted and hit a women and when the women shouted and hit the man. On the second case no one did anything which proves that the assaults from the women to the men are not seen as something bad. This should also change and the analysis is helping the population see that.

    I agree that the hotline is doing or has the intention to do a great change and I totally support it.


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