Adolescent girls’ experiences of street harassment: emotions, comments, impact, actions and the law

Harding, R., Betts, L., Wright, D., Peart, S. and Sjolin, C. (2022) Adolescent girls’ experiences of street harassment: emotions, comments, impact, actions and the law. In: Misogyny As Hate Crime. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 121-139. ISBN 9781003023722

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Street harassment (SH) is experienced by adolescent girls in ways that can affect their self-confidence, well-being and ability to learn. Our work contributes to the literature about street harassment of adolescents when other publications have been limited to harassment in school environments or online. Our multi-disciplinary team from psychology, social policy, linguistics, law and education analysed 118 street harassment reports recorded over a six-week period. The reports were made by children and young people in the UK aged 11–15 years from three secondary schools with 68 identifying as female. We found that adolescent girls show emotional responses that are noticeably different to that of boys, and that girls can construct their experiences of street harassment in ways that are distinctive. Girls can also comment and act in response to experiencing street harassment differently and can be protected in law through specific misogyny hate crime initiatives. We make recommendations for managing street harassment experiences in the interests of protecting children and young people from harm. We also suggest ways to promote adolescent girls’ rights to be seen in society and be free from harassment from other members of the public.

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Additional Information: © 2021 Routledge. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in Misogyny As Hate Crime. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Sheine Peart
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2022 09:49
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 14:17

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