New Yorkers who spend their free time roaming the city in an open-top, reclining car have been accused of taking photos of themselves in public and posting them on social media.
New York City has the largest population of tourists in the world, but it has also become notorious for the city’s rampant sexual harassment.
A recent survey of 1,000 people in the city found that nearly one-third of respondents said they had been harassed or assaulted in their lives, while an additional 16% said they experienced a sexual assault.
The survey, conducted by the firm iReport, found that more than half of respondents had been approached by a stranger in a public place or in a crowded subway station, and nearly half had been followed by a man who was also looking for sex.
The iReport study also found that two-thirds of respondents reported experiencing sexual harassment at work.
And more than two-fifths said they have been stalked.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that the city will launch a “safe city” initiative aimed at cracking down on harassment.
He told reporters this week that he hopes the city can become a “sanctuary city” where “all people can feel safe and protected from harassment.”
According to the iReport survey, more than a quarter of New Yorkers reported that they had a sexually explicit conversation with someone while they were walking in public.
That figure jumped to 30% among men and 35% among women.
In addition, one in five people surveyed said they received unwanted attention while walking in a city park.
Many New Yorkers said they do not feel safe walking alone at night because they fear being followed or harassed by strangers.
A survey from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research found that about half of the city residents surveyed said that they have had a friend or family member physically or sexually assault them in public, while two-third said they were threatened with violence or physically assaulted.
The iStory survey of 2,000 New Yorkers found that 68% of those surveyed said harassment is the most common form of discrimination they face, and 42% of women said they’ve experienced harassment at the hands of a man in a relationship.
About 1 in 6 women and 16% of men reported being sexually harassed in public last year.
About 4% of New York residents have been physically assaulted in public since 2010.
Women are nearly twice as likely to be assaulted in the subway as men, according to a 2016 survey from The Harris Poll, a non-partisan polling firm.
About 6% of people surveyed have been sexually assaulted while in public or in an elevator, according the same survey.