A lot of people have wondered if #MeToo and the wave of calling out sexual harassment is actually making a difference. But now, thanks to a new study, we can see it is.
The researchers found that 53% believe that the threshold for acceptable behaviour has changed since the #MeToo movement began. And, in even more good news, more than half of respondents age 18-34 said they were more likely to call out sexual harassment which includes 58% of young men.
A year on since #MeToo went viral, over half of young people say they are now more likely to speak up against sexual harassment, incl. 58% of young men. Attitudes are shifting fast. Now it's time for tougher legislation and real, lasting culture change. https://t.co/ahy1zf6vpa— Fawcett Society (@fawcettsociety) October 2, 2018
But the findings weren’t all positive. The study found that while people 55 and older were likely to think that the boundaries for behaviour had changed, they were less likely than younger people to talk about sexual harassment or call it out when they see it.
According to the results, older men were 27% less likely than younger men to say that their thoughts about acceptable behaviour had changed as a result of #MeToo.
And while the results are mostly encouraging, the Fawcett Society says we still have a lot of work to do when it comes to preventing sexual harassment - or violence.
And this is true especially looking at how we handle high profile cases like Brett Kavanaugh or the Dros Rapist case.
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