Public Harassment in Edinburgh 2017 – Survey Results

HOLLABACK! Edinburgh survey 2017 – RESULTS

 

On the 25th of November 2016, Hollaback! Edinburgh launched an online survey to collect data on public harassment and hate crime in Edinburgh. We kept the survey open and promoted it actively through word of mouth and social media until the end of February 2017.

We received a total of 174 responses but excluded 5 of them due to incompleteness or inconsistency. The following results have been derived from the remaining 169 responses.

The results are presented using the original ordering and phrasing of the survey questions and response options. The survey questions cover these areas:

  1. Demographics of Respondents
  2. Incidents of Harassment,
  3. Responses to Harassment
  4. Causes of Harassment
  5. Reporting Harassment
  6. Impact of Harassment

Further analysis and commentary of the results to follow in subsequent posts.

1. DEMOGRAPHICS

 

WHat is your self-identified gender?

This was a mandatory question and received 169 responses.

 

GENDER IDENTITY % OF RESPONDENTS
Female 79%
Male 19%
Non-Binary 1%
Other 1%

 

What is your self-identified gender?
WHAT IS YOUR SELF-IDENTIFIED GENDER? (% OF RESPONDENTS)

HOW OLD ARE YOU?

This was a mandatory question and received 169 responses.

 

AGE RANGE % OF RESPONDENTS
12-17 1%
18-25 51%
26-35 29%
36-45 10%
46-55 7%
56-65 2%
66-75 0%
75+ 0%

 

HOW OLD ARE YOU? (NO. OF RESPONDENTS)
HOW OLD ARE YOU? (NO. OF RESPONDENTS)

2. INCIDENTS OF HARASSMENT

 

While in Edinburgh, has anyone ever done any of the following to you while you were in public (like on the street or on the bus)? Select all that apply.

 

This was a mandatory question and received 169 responses.

TYPES OF HARASSMENT EXPERIENCED BY RESPONDENTS
TYPES OF HARASSMENT EXPERIENCED IN EDINBURGH (NO. OF RESPONDENTS)

 

When was the last time you experienced the kind of behaviour described in the previous question, in Edinburgh?

 

This was an optional question and received 169 responses.

LAST TIME YOU WERE HARASSED IN EDINBURGH (NO. OF RESPONDENTS)
LAST TIME YOU WERE HARASSED IN EDINBURGH (NO. OF RESPONDENTS)

Where were you when it happened?

This was an optional question and received 154 responses.

 

LOCATION % OF INCIDENTS
Street 81%
Bus 7%
Train 1%
Tram 0%
Cab 1%
Other 10%

 

WHERE WERE YOU, THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HARASSED IN EDINBURGH?
WHERE WERE YOU THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HARASSED IN EDINBURGH? (% OF RESPONDENTS)

3. RESPONSES TO HARASSMENT

 

HOw did the experience make you feel?

This was an optional question and received 134 free-form responses.

 

MOST COMMON WORDS USED

Angry (39 Mentions)

Uncomfortable (27 Mentions)

Scared (17 Mentions)

Unsafe (13 Mentions)

HOW DID THE EXPERIENCE MAKE YOU FEEL? (Word cloud created using Tagul.com)

EXAMPLES

“I felt like my personal space was badly invaded and extremely pissed off with “laddish” behaviour. I also felt there were undertones of homophobia in the way they reacted with bemusement that I was even upset by their unsolicited hugging.”

 

“Embarrassed and worried. I wanted to do up my cardigan so I would be less exposed even though I know it shouldn’t matter.”

 

“It made me feel frustrated and powerless. I didn’t know how to react”

 

“Scared and more worried to go through that place. More nervous to be obviously affectionate with a partner. Frustrated that I couldn’t do anything.”

 

Did other people witness what happened?

This was an optional question and received 157 responses.

93 said YES and 64 said NO.

DID OTHER PEOPLE WITNESS WHAT HAPPENED?
DID OTHER PEOPLE WITNESS WHAT HAPPENED? (% OF RESPONSES)

 

Did they assist or support you in any way? If yes, then how?

This was an optional question which received 84 responses.

74 said NO and 10 said YES.

DID PEOPLE OFFER THEIR SUPPORT?
DID PEOPLE OFFER THEIR SUPPORT? (% OF RESPONDENTS)

 

EXAMPLES OF SUPPORT RECEIVED BY RESPONDENTS

“The driver asked me if I was okay”

 

“They said do not listen to them”

 

“Yes- a girl who saw this happen to me made eye contact with me to say she was going to get someone to help, then did.”

4. CAUSES OF HARASSMENT

Do you think you were targeted by this behaviour due to a part of your identity? Select all that apply.

This was an optional question which received 157 responses.

 

YES, BECAUSE OF MY… % OF RESPONSES
Disability 3%
Race 8%
Religion 4%
Sexuality 6%
Gender Identity 2%
Gender 51%
Age 7%
NO 14%
OTHER 6%

 

DO YOU THINK YOU WERE TARGETED DUE TO A PART OF YOUR IDENTITY? (NO. OF RESPONDENTS)
DO YOU THINK YOU WERE TARGETED DUE TO A PART OF YOUR IDENTITY? (NO. OF RESPONSES)

5. REPORTING HARASSMENT

 

Did you tell anyone? Select all that apply.

This was an optional question which received 156 responses.

 

I TOLD… % OF RESPONSES
Friends 50%
Teachers 1%
Family Members 18%
Youth Workers 0%
Police 3%
Bus Driver/Staff 2%
Train/Station Staff 0%
No-One 22%
Other 4%

 

DID YOU TELL ANYONE?
DID YOU TELL ANYONE? (NO. OF RESPONSES)

 

If you didn’t report it to the police, or an authority figure (like the bus driver), why not? Select all that apply.

This was an optional question which received 145 responses.

 

REASONS FOR NOT REPORTING % OF RESPONSES
I didn’t know who to report it to 12%
I didn’t feel comfortable reporting it 8%
I didn’t know I could report it 13%
I didn’t see the point of reporting it 58%
Other 9%

 

WHY DIDN'T YOUR REPORT IT?
WHY DIDN’T YOUR REPORT IT? (NO. OF OF RESPONSES)

 

6. IMPACT OF HARASSMENT

 

Due to your experiences with the above behaviour, have you done any of these things? Select all that apply.

This was an optional question which received 156 responses.

 

BEHAVIOUR CHANGE % OF RESPONSES
Changed how you dress 8%
Changed how you behave 9%
Avoided going out alone 12%
Avoided going out at certain times 17%
Avoided specific places 16%
Avoided eye contact 22%
Avoided certain means of transport 2%
I did not change my behaviour due to these experiences 15%

 

HAVE YOU DONE ANY OF THESE THINGS?
HAVE YOU DONE ANY OF THESE THINGS? (NO. OF RESPONSES)

 

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