Instances of unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature in the UK 2016, by gender

This graph shows the distribution of instances of unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature in the UK as of 2016, by gender. Of survey respondents, 35 percent of females had been victims of such an occurrence, whereas only 9 percent of male respondents had. There was a far greater percentage of men who have never received unwanted body/physical contact than women.

Have you ever experienced unwanted body/physical contact of a sexual nature in a public space?*

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Release date

March 2016


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

February 26 to March 1, 2016

Number of respondents

1,650 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Thinking about your experiences in public spaces (i.e. the street, public transport parks, shops etc.) Have any of the following ever happened to you?
Unwanted body/ physical contact of a sexual nature".

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