Two thirds of US college students have been harassed on campus

Harassment free zone

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.

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Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery was lucky enough to never experience harassment on her college campus. Unless you count those aggressive geese.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Editorial.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/thatjoker/ Joker

    The survey is garbage. They only interviewed 282 students which is a a insignificant amount for a sample when the number of college students is at 21 million give or take a few hundred thousand. Plus only 44 administrators which agin is too small because there are thousands of administrators in the US. Other thing is you have to consider the bias of who commissioned the survey, they would want the survey to show what they believe to be true. All in all the results of the survey can’t be trusted because the sample size is too small.

    You can look up the number of college students in the US on the Department of Education website.