From parks and bus stops to high streets, UK girls are facing verbal and physical harassment every day – and they've told Plan UK they want it to stop. That's why Care2 is asking you to say 'It's not OK'.
Plan UK's latest survey shows that 66% of girls aged 14 to 21 have experienced unwanted sexual attention or harassment in a public place. And every month, 38% are experiencing verbal harassment like catcalling, wolf whistling and sexual comments, while 15% are being touched, groped or grabbed.
Despite this harassment happening in public, only 20% of girls said someone had responded in a way they found helpful. And to stay safe, girls are having to take steps to avoid being targeted: from not going out at night to dressing differently and taking longer routes to avoid dangerous locations.
Every girl has the right to move about freely and to feel safe in public places.
Girls across the UK have told Plan UK that they refuse to accept street harassment as a normal part of growing up – and they want to see change.
We all have a part to play in making that happen. Which is why we need you to stand with UK girls and say #ISayItsNotOK.