If you're going out with friends, your biggest concern should be what to wear. A night out is a near-sacred ritual filled with carefree fun, dancing, and maybe drinking (if that's your thing, which it in no way has to be). Unfortunately, sexual harassment is rampant in bars and clubs around the world. Unwanted sexual advances are so commonplace that researchers set out to find more about young people's experiences with sexual harassment and going out culture, and the results are pretty grim. The study found that 80 percent of young women expect sexual harassment during a night out with friends. Heartbreakingly, these results are in line with previous research — another study found that women start to view sexual harassment and violence as a normal part of life at a young age.
This isn't OK, and it's clear something about the way we view partying needs to change. The research, which was conducted by YouGov on behalf of British alcohol awareness organization Drinkaware, involved a survey of more than 2,000 British people between 18 and 24 years old about inappropriate comments, touching and behavior when they go out with friends. The goal of the research, according to Drinkaware, is to raise awareness and provide people with information that can help them call out sexual harassment if they see it happening.