Three quarters of young Londoners have witnessed sexual harassment on night out, poll finds

Three quarters of young adults in London have witnessed some form of sexual harassment on a night out, according to new figures.

A YouGov survey of 18 to 24-year-olds who drink in pubs, bars or clubs found that 75% had seen harassment first-hand - writes

The numbers, taken from a poll of 186 people, are even higher than the national average - where 72% of those questions claimed to have had similar experiences.

The findings come after charity Drinkaware argued sexual harassment was becoming "part and parcel" of a night out.

Drinkaware is encouraging revellers to speak out if they witness harassment as they aim to curb unwanted drunken sexual behaviour.

48% of men and women in London said they had been victims.Credit: PA

In the poll, conducted between June and July, 48% of men and women in London revealed they had been subject to sexual harassment - including comments and touching.

And 72% said they expected a female friend to be the subject of such behaviour on a night out.

In England as a whole, 72% of people said they had witnessed the issue themselves.

One woman from the capital, Lucy Harrison, said she had witnessed sexual harassment on a night out several times, and had even stepped in to defend friends from unwanted behaviour.

"Unfortunately this kind of thing happens a lot in clubs," she said.

"I’ve had nights out where guys have been dancing right up against me or touching me in ways that I don’t want.

"When this has happened I’ve either left early or asked a friend to stand between me and the person who’s behaving inappropriately."

Drinkaware said harassment was 'part and parcel' of going.Credit: PA

Janet MacKechnie, Campaign Lead for Drinkaware, said: “For far too many people, drunken sexual harassment is now sadly part and parcel of a night out.

“Being drunk is no excuse to grab, grope or make inappropriate comments to strangers on a night out after a few drinks.

“If people see someone being sexually harassed, asking them if they are OK can make a big difference - whether they’re a friend or a stranger."

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