Street Harassment in Colombo - A Survey

694 responses

1. Have you experienced harassment in a public place?

690 out of 694 answered

1
Yes
85%/ 587 resp.
2
No, but I've experienced it happening to someone else
12%/ 88 resp.
3
No
2%/ 15 resp.

What type of harassment have you experienced/ witnessed?

689 out of 694 answered

1
Both physical and verbal
52%/ 363 resp.
2
Verbal
41%/ 288 resp.
3
Physical
3%/ 27 resp.
4
None
1%/ 11 resp.

What time of day did it take place?

681 out of 694 answered

1
All of the above
62%/ 423 resp.
2
Day
28%/ 192 resp.
3
Evening
6%/ 41 resp.
4
Night
3%/ 25 resp.

Was the person alone or in a group?

687 out of 694 answered

1
All of the above
60%/ 416 resp.
2
Alone
23%/ 160 resp.
3
In a group
16%/ 111 resp.

How old are you or the person you witnessed getting harassed?

686 out of 694 answered

1
20-35
53%/ 366 resp.
2
16-20
29%/ 199 resp.
3
12-16
8%/ 60 resp.
4
35-65
6%/ 45 resp.
5
Under 12
1%/ 9 resp.
6
65 and above
1%/ 7 resp.

How did you react?

688 out of 694 answered

1
Walked away/ silence
68%/ 473 resp.
2
Confronted them verbally
24%/ 171 resp.
3
Told a friend/ co-worker in the area
5%/ 38 resp.
4
Called the police/ approached the police
0%/ 6 resp.

Where were you when this happened?

683 out of 694 answered

1
All of the above
44%/ 304 resp.
2
Road or street
34%/ 235 resp.
3
Public transport
16%/ 115 resp.
4
Mall/ cinema/ shopping arcade
4%/ 29 resp.