Survey Shows Over Half Of Malaysian Women Have Experienced Sexual Harassment
A recent survey by the Centre for Governance and Political Studies (Cent-GPS) and the All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) had revealed a shocking and upsetting fact - majority of Malaysian women do not feel safe no matter where they are.
In fact, based on the responses from 1,056 women aged from 18 to 30 years old, up to 57% of the respondents admitted to have experienced verbal sexual harassment regularly while walking on the streets, while another 22% said they have been catcalled at least once in their lives.
Unsurprisingly, 68% of women said they do not feel safe driving alone at night, with 21% of women reported experiences of being followed to their car while another 25% said they were even followed all the way home at some point. As a result, 71% of women admitted they had to constantly change their travel routes to protect themselves from sexual harassment.
Meanwhile, 57% of women also reported they have experienced unwanted touching such as a hand being placed on their knee or lower back. Additionally, 18% of respondents said they were victims of sexual provocations from a family member.
Even in public spaces, 57% of women said they do not feel safe when watching a movie alone. Meanwhile, up to 44% of respondents said they have personally witnessed a teacher making a sexually provocative joke in school.
Sadly, the sexual harassment women face doesn't end online either as 41% of women said they have received unwanted sexual messages on social media at least once, while another 30% reported to have experienced the same regularly.