To mark international anti-street harassment week (3-9 April) Rosie Cooper MP has thrown her support behind a campaign launched by L’Oréal Paris and Suzy Lamplugh Trust which aims to stamp out sexual harassment for good.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has personally undertaken “up-stander training”, which provides participants with a simple and proven toolkit to safely intervene if they witness sexual harassment in a public place.
Sexual harassment has been identified as one of the most important issues facing women and girls worldwide. In 2021, an Ipsos survey in the UK, revealed that 80% of women have experienced harassment in public spaces, while 42% of respondents have witnessed at least one incident. Of these very few say they had the confidence to intervene.
The Stand Up training focuses on the “5 D’s” intervention training programme originally pioneered by international NGO, Right To Be. It encourages those who witness harassment to act by 1) Distracting the perpetrator, 2) Delegating by asking for help, 3) Documenting the harassment, 4) Directing by speaking up and 5) Delaying by providing comfort.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“It is shocking that 80% of women have experienced public harassment on our streets and I believe that it is time to take collective action to change the culture in which this too often happens unchallenged.
“That’s why I’m supporting the Stand Up to Street Harassment campaign, launched by L’Oréal Paris and Suzy Lamplugh Trust, and why I am encouraging all my constituents to undertake up-stander training online.”
Caroline O’Neill, General Manager of L’Oréal Paris in the UK said:
“At L’Oréal Paris we are humbled to partner with a charity as pioneering as the Suzy Lamplugh Trust whose expertise will be invaluable to the Stand Up Against Street Harassment cause.
“We are eager to listen and learn from the Trust on how we can progress the Stand Up platform further and train as many people as possible.
“Together, we can get the UK to Train Up to Stand Up, to drive cultural change and work towards a future without street harassment.”
Suky Bhaker, CEO of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, said:
“We welcome Rosie Cooper MP’s support for this important campaign.
“Everyone has the right to be safe. But as our survey finds, a shocking number of people – disproportionately women – are experiencing harassment in public spaces. It is unacceptable. Stand Up Against Street Harassment intervention training aims to address the prevalence of public harassment. Working with L’Oréal Paris through Stand Up, we aim to equip people with tools to tackle public harassment. Bystanders can play an important role in supporting victims, helping them feel – and be – safer.”
- Stand Up Against Street Harassment was first launched in 2020. Since the UK launch of the online training platform (2021), nearly 15,000 people have been trained in the UK and over 650,000 trained worldwide. The results confirm L’Oréal Paris’ determination to stand up for the self-worth of all women.
- Suzy Lamplugh Trust is widely regarded as a field expert in personal safety training, stalking training, and support services to promote a society in which people are safer and feel safer. It has a long history of working within the Violence Against Women and Girls sector, dealing particularly with stalking and harassment, given that it is believed, and indeed the evidence suggests Suzy may have been targeted by a stalker. The Trust exists so that what happened to Suzy does not happen to anyone else, and for 35 years, they have worked towards reducing the risk of harassment, stalking, aggression, and violence by empowering people to take steps to avoid, mitigate or manage risks across all aspects of their life.
- Research conducted by IPSOS on behalf of L’Oréal Paris and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust found:
- 80% of women in the UK have reported experiencing harassment in public spaces. Although unwanted behaviours affected all demographics in their lifetimes, women were more affected than male respondents (97% and 86% respectively) overall.1
- 88% of people in the UK experienced some form of unwanted behaviour on public transport in the past five years2 despite reduced footfall during the pandemic, with the most common behaviours being staring, intimidatingly sitting or standing right by someone and verbal abuse.
- Research has also shown the need to educate on street harassment has never been more apparent: 93% of UK women and 90% of UK men believe there is a lack of training on how to intervene when you witness sexual harassment but 86% of UK witnesses who have intervened reported that their action improved the situation.3