According to a report published by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Wednesday, nearly 87 percent of women in the U.S. have experienced some form of sexual harassment.
The report titled, “The Talk,” states that 55 percent of women admitted to being catcalled; 41 percent to being touched without consent by a stranger; 47 percent said they were insulted with sexualized slang words (e.g., slut, bitch, ho) by a man and 51 percent of women said a stranger said something sexual to them.
The study, which surveyed 3,000 women across the U.S., revealed that a large number of teens and young adults are unprepared for caring, lasting romantic relationships and are anxious about developing them. Parents, educators and other adults often provide young people with little or no guidance in developing these relationships.
According to the report’s authors, many schools in the U.S. fail to provide students with decent sex education.
“Courses in most states tend to focus on either ‘abstinence only until marriage’ or ‘abstinence-plus’ which provides information about contraceptives and safe sex,” it explained.
“A smaller number of courses teach comprehensive sex education, but these courses are often limited to what’s called ‘disaster prevention’— that is, how to avert pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,” the study continued.
Issues such as consent, or what constitutes a healthy relationship, and LGBTQ relationships are rarely covered by the school curriculum, the report stated.
The study comes a day after a report published by the Department of Education showed a sharp increase in campus cases of sexual assault, with a 205 percent increase in these crimes between 2001 and 2014.