Street harassment is usually first experienced by the age of 17, according to the National Public Radio. Street harassment is mostly unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on strangers in a public place without their consent and is directed at them because of their actual or perceived sex, gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation, stated by Stop Street Harassment. Street harassment is primarily a sort of sexual harassment. Studies show that sexual harassment of women has and can lead to many jobs unnecesarily lost. When jobs are lost, people are not getting paid and lose the ability to pay for daily life necessities. This is not fair to women to lose their jobs over a sexual harassment experience that they did not want and/or ask for.
According to NPR, women are more commonly harassed by men. In Stop Street Harassment it states, women have been verbally harassed over twice the amount that men have. Stated by the Open Access Government, 97 percent of women the age of 18 to 24 have been sexually harassed in the UK. This clearly suggests that something has to be done to stop men sexually harassing women. Education of boys to not sexually harass women should be required in all schools. If we teach boys what is and is not acceptable behavior towards women at a younger age, the 97 percent of women who have been sexually harassed could potentially decrease as well as many other percentages that are related with sexual harassment.
Women do anything possible to avoid street or sexual harassment. Shown in Huffpost, Hallback and Cornell University surveyed roughly 5,000 people about street harassment. Studies show that 66 percent of people had changed the way they dressed so they would not get harassed. Women should not feel the need to change their appearance and themselves just so they do not get harassed by men on the street. When boys are educated on this subject, women could potentially feel comfortable leaving their house in clothes that they were already wearing and have no interest in changing.
Studies from NPR show that 77 percent of women have been verbally sexually assaulted and 51 percent of the women have been inappropriately touched by men without their consent. This needs to stop. Women are human beings and need to be respected by everyone, including boys and men.
If schools would educate their male students at a young age to be respectful towards women, we would not have problems like street harassment and sexual harassment today. The percent of women who have been sexually assaulted by men, touched without consent, changed their appearance, and lost their jobs due to sexual harassment experiences would be tremendously lower. Parents should not have to protect their daughters from men. We need to instead educate their sons.