Key findings from a 2022 survey of Californians found that
- 1.1 million men and 400,000 women in California reported that they committed at least one form of sexual harassment or violence in the last year;
- more than 78,000 men reporting that they committed forced or coercive sex in the past year;
- 180,000 women and more than 400,000 men committed physical and/or sexual acts of violence against an intimate partner in the past year.
These reports are an important contribution because they provide information about the perpetuation of harassment and violence. Most research on sexual harassment and violence focus on victimization, but the change we need is to eliminate harassing and abusive behaviors. The sexual harassment and sexual violence report describe the need for prevention programs: “A number of sexual harassment and violence prevention programs have been shown to reduce perpetration of violence; findings point to the need for greater investments in such prevention activities…”