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Oxygen/Markle Pulse Poll Finds: Harassment of Women on the Street Is Rampant; 87% of American Women Report Being Harassed on the Street By a Male Stranger.

51% of These Women Report 'Extreme' Physical Harassment - Being Touched,

Grabbed, Rubbed, Brushed or Followed

Urban Woman Are Just as Likely to Have Gone to the Movies Last Week

As to Have Been Harassed on the Street

NEW YORK, June 22 /PRNewswire/ --

The overwhelming majority of American women have been harassed by a male stranger on the street, according to the Oxygen/Markle Pulse http://www.pulse.org poll released today, it was announced by Cheryl Mills, Senior Vice President, Corporate Policy and Public Programming.

Among the poll's findings:

-- Almost all women are affected by street harassment:

87% of American women between the ages of 18-64 have been harassed by a

male stranger; and over one half of these women have experienced

"extreme" harassment including being touched, grabbed, rubbed, brushed

or followed by a strange man on the street or other public place.

-- For urban women, street harassment is as commonplace as going to the

movies:

In the last week, 15% of urban women report being harassed; 16% of

urban women reported going to the movies.

-- But street harassment is not just an urban problem:

The number of women who report experiencing some type of harassment

break down geographically as follows --

-- 90% rural

-- 88% suburban

-- 87% urban

-- Most women (84%) consider changing their behavior to avoid street

harassment:

-- 34% choose routes to avoid men who harass them.

-- 32% avoid being alone in public.

-- 12% take classes in self-defense.

-- For young women (ages 18 - 24), the problem is dramatic:

30% of young women report being harassed once a week or more, with

27% report being harassed last week.

Additional results from the Oxygen/Markle Pulse are available at http://www.pulse.org.

Mills stated, "The behavior in Central Park was a traumatic example of a far greater and more widespread problem. Every day, women across the country, in urban and rural areas, endure inappropriate overtures, actions and comments from total strangers."

The Oxygen/Markle Pulse is a joint project of Oxygen Media and the Markle Foundation.

Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates conducted a nationally representative telephone survey of 612 adult women between June 17 and June 19, 2000. The sampling error is +/- 3.96 at 95% confidence level. All phone interviews were conducted by women.

CONTACT: Laura Nelson, 212-651-9390, or lnelson@oxygen.com, or Cheryl Smith, 212-651-5442, or csmith@oxygen.com, both of Oxygen Media.
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