A 2013 study at Marquette University suggests that no one really knows. Researchers questioned young women between the ages of 3 and 17 about their experiences with sexual harassment and sexual violence, and the results were truly alarming and disheartening.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Many of the young women surveyed said they chose not to report harassment because they didn’t want to make a “big deal” or were afraid they would be labeled “whores” or “sluts” by their peers.
Many girls also said they believed that men cannot keep themselves from harassing or grabbing women, describing men as “unable to control their sexual desires.” According to the report, “they perceived everyday harassment and abuse as normal male behavior, and as something to endure, ignore, or maneuver around.”
A sad commentary on what we think of as acceptable.
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