The term “Public harassment” stands for action, comment, or joke passed in sexual or any other persuasive form, consisting of unwelcome remarks, whistling, trapping, disclosure, or any other sexual behavior in any public place. All of this comes under the definition of Public harassment. Any such sort of touching to strangers in public areas such as parks, public transport, malls, college, etc. It is highly uncomfortable & crime in the eyes of the law across the world. All such explicit comments made to any girl or women can make their life in public very difficult. This study will shed light on causes & various forms of public harassment& suggest the solutions.
According to organization Stop street harassment, around 65% of the females on the street report on being harassed. Approximately 104 million women across the world complain of feeling harassed by strangers. They hear remarks that are sexually explicit & make their life on the street extremely uncomfortable. They think too much agony & it frustrates them to move freely. Such actions at society level are not just condemnable. It is mostly done by strangers & limits the person from moving freely in that area. It is a human rights violation & needs to be addressed right away. (stopstreetharassment.org, 2020)
It also includes homophobic comments that insult the other person. Regardless of what that person chooses in terms of personal relationships, making fun of them or passing such comments is very unpleasant. Catherine A Hill, in an article, discusses the issue of harassment on campus. Her book addresses the questions like, Is sexual assault common? What sorts of habits really occur? Who gets threatened & who commits harassment? Why will they do that to students who confess bullying others? Does the sexual assault impact the educational environment? It shows that colleges also have research to do to promote such an atmosphere on campus that is free from such acts and discrimination. All students have a fair chance to succeed in higher education & such action could impact their study flow. This study recorded that most college students suffer some form of sexual assault when in class, sometimes in their first year, etc. (Hill, 2005)
Zara Abrams, in an article, discusses the topic of “Sexual harassment on campus.” As per her survey results, it indicates that learners and advanced students are especially prone to misconduct by teachers inside their programs at AAU School Climate Report on Sexual Harassment and workplace abuse As per her survey, over 150,000 female graduate students who have experienced sexual harassment identified the offender as a teacher or adviser more than three times the rate of female undergraduates; female undergraduates were more likely to be harassed or assaulted by fellow students. (Abrams, 2018). This predicament suggests that on-campus harassment is not limited to students but also from teachers that make the students life at campus, extremely difficult
These are very alarming numbers that indicate that serious actions need to be taken in order to control this predicament. Schools, need to make strict laws, and all sorts of such violations should lead to very serious repercussions. A teacher who is found practicing this needs to be expelled at any cost so that an example is set for the others to follow it. Adding to that, for such students that make jokes about fellow students or bully them, there needs to be strict policies set regarding these. It can be concluded on the fact that all relevant & related authorities need to take stern action to take control of the situation before it gets worse, leading to any unwanted outcomes from either side.
Abrams, Z. (2018). Sexual harassment on campus. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org: https://www.apa.org/monitor/2018/05/sexual-harassment
Hill, C. A. (2005, 1). Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234689142_Drawing_the_Line_Sexual_Harassment_on_Campus
stopstreetharassment.org. (2020). Share your street harassment story. Retrieved from www.stopstreetharassment.org: http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/