March 20, 2018

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New Pew Report Finds Young Women Targeted for Online Harassment

Youngwomen_PEWFindings from the Pew Research Center’s first report devoted to the subject of online harassment, released October 22, show that “young adults, those 18–29, are the most likely age group to both witness and experience online harassment… 65 percent of these young internet users have been the target of online harassment and 92 percent have witnessed it.”

Additionally, the survey reveals that young women are targets in comparison to their male counterparts. According to the Pew Center press release: “Young women, those 18-24, experience certain severe types of harassment at disproportionately high levels: 26 percent of these young women have been stalked online, and 25 percent were the target of online sexual harassment. These figures are significant not only compared with their male peers, but also with women just slightly older, ages 25-29. Additionally, these young women do not escape the high rates of other types of online harassment so common to their age group in general.”

The Pew findings are representative of U.S. adult internet users and come from a mix of 3,217 respondents. The margin of error for the 2,849 web respondents is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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Carolyn Sun was a news editor at School Library Journal. Find her on Twitter @CarolynSSun.