What are the solutions to fight harassment in public and private places ?
While the feeling of insecurity continues to grow in many countries, solutions are emerging to address
these issues. In France, 86% of women reported in November 2018, for an Ifop opinion poll, that they had been victims
of street harassment at least once in their lives.
In addition, 74% of women have experienced at least one form of sexual assault or assault on public
transit, places where women are not alone.
What solutions to remedy this ?
Some bus companies provide women with an on-demand service where they can ask the driver to stop
at any time during the night. So women can stop as close as possible to their homes and the risks of
meeting an aggressor are reduced.
Associations also offer training to adopt the right behaviour when witnessing sexual harassment in public
places in particular.
Indeed, it is never simple to react, the aggressor can be violent, the witness may not perceive the gravity
of the situation and be afraid to act,...
Thus it is advisable to play the "active witness" - that is to say, by distancing the victim from the
unwelcome, by offering to smoke a cigarette, for example, or by pretending to be an old friend.
In bars and nightclubs in England, the “Meet Angela” measure appeared. If a woman feels in danger she
can pronounce this name to a merchant (bartender, bodyguard,...) and the latter can intervene, react or
call a taxi.
In addition, there is a sharp increase in women addicted to drugs in bars, nightclubs...
This phenomenon is expressed in various forms, sometimes GHB in the glass but also victims can be
pricked by a syringe. Victims can no longer control themselves and sometimes cannot remember their
This issue worries the authorities and the world of night work. Various mechanisms are put in place to
strengthen women’s sense of security. Indeed, some bars make available silicone protective lids to put
over the glasses so that no drugs can enter them.
In short, assaults in public and private places are victims of harassment. It is difficult to find adequate
solutions but initiatives by both governments (more coercive measures for the aggressors, more support
for the victims) and private actors (schemes set up by bars, night clubs, etc.) are beginning to emerge.