This petition was submitted during the 2017–2019 Conservative government
Petition Make catcalling and street harassment a punishable offence.
We all have the right to feeling safe in public spaces. If street harassment is criminalized this could reduce the number of incidents of non-consensual touching and unsolicited sexual attention experienced in public. France, Portugal, and Belgium all have legislation in place, so why don't we?
Campaigns such as Catcalls of London: http://bit.ly/catcallsofldn
help to highlight the extent of the problem, as does Hollaback!, Stop Street Harassment and Safe and the City to name a few.
Out of 3000 submissions of stories I have received 72% were under 17, 60% were wearing a school uniform, and 100% of the perpetrators were adults males.
France imposed first fine for street harassment last year:
and Belgium, Portugal, New Zealand all have legislation in place.
This petition closed early because of a General Election Find out more on the Petitions Committee website