A new study on street harassment is shedding light on the motivations behind some male perpetrators’ harassment of women. The study, produced by research group Promundo and UN Women, focused on attitudes toward gender in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine. Of the approximately 4,800 men and 4,900 women surveyed, researchers found that between 31 and 64 percent of men said they had engaged in street harassment — including “sexual comments, stalking/following, or staring/ogling” — while 40 to 60 percent of women said they had ever experienced it. This report also highlighted the fact that members of certain groups are disproportionately affected by street harassment and violence, including people of color, LGBTQ people, and lower-income people.
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