That’s according to a survey of college students and school administrators commissioned by the anti-street harassment group Hollaback! Here are some more facts from the study…
- 46% of students said harassment caused disappointment with college experience
- 20% said harassment caused inability to concentrate in class
- 23% said harassment prevented attendance in class / social activities
- 55% of college administrators said that current systems to report and address harassment are not sufficient
- only 17% of students said that they reported harassment to a person of authority
Considering that harassment is a daily fact of moving through public space for many women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks, this isn’t exactly surprising. Campuses, after all, are always embedded in larger communities–to a greater or lesser extent.
But as Alexandra argued when she wrote about the radical potential of school sexual misconduct boards, since colleges have obligations–legal and just, ya know, mission-wise–to foster a safe and productive learning environment, they are promising sites for creating change. Though they’re clearing falling down on the job when it comes to addressing the whole range of gender-based violence, as communities unto themselves, colleges could and should be harassment-free zones.
Maya Dusenbery was lucky enough to never experience harassment on her college campus. Unless you count those aggressive geese.