A recent survey by YouGov found that nearly a quarter of all women, and over half of women aged between 18 and 24, have been sexually harassed in the last five years.
The #NOvember campaign is asking people to give up something they love to show solidarity with women who have fallen victim to sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and sexual violence.
In 2016, Nottinghamshire Police were the first force in the country to record misogynistic incidents, cat-calling and unwanted advances as a hate crime, but this is not to say that these occurrences have ceased to exist.
Nearly half of women surveyed by YouGov said they have been winked at, had their breasts looked at and been wolf-whistled at.
#NOvember is working with Beyond The Streets, a UK charity working to end the sexual exploitation of women in prostitution, to help promote the end of all sexual violence through social media campaigning and encouraging people to give up a home comfort for a month to show support.
Sexual violence is a more extreme form of sexual harassment, which the World Health Organisation defines as “any sexual act, attempt to obtain a sexual act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, or otherwise directed, against a person’s sexuality using coercion, by any person regardless of their relationship to the victim, in any setting,
including but not limited to home and work.”
In Nottingham this month there is a Reclaim The Night Walk, described as ” Nottingham’s biggest and loudest annual grassroots protest against street harassment, victim-blaming, and all forms of men’s violence against women”.
The walk will begin at Forest Recreation Ground at 6.30pm on 17th November, and organisers promise to “walk, shout and sing” the walk to Market Square, ending with a rally at 7pm, including women-only speakers.
Prior to the walk, Nottingham East Labour Party Women’s Forum is running an event to make signs and placards to be held at the walk, on 13th November at the Sherwood Methodist Church 4-6pm.