7 out of 10 women in Catalonia fear sexual assault when walking home at night 

19% of men fear sexual violence, more afraid of robbery   

Some feminist demonstrators in Tarragona holding posters
Some feminist demonstrators in Tarragona holding posters / Mar Rovira / Neus Bertola
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January 24, 2024 02:09 PM

January 24, 2024 03:54 PM

Seven out of ten women are afraid of being sexually assaulted when walking home alone at night.

This is one of the main takeaways from the 2023 general survey conducted by the Catalan government-funded polling agency, the Centre for Opinion Studies (CEO). This survey is taken three times a year, and the results of the latest edition were published on Wednesday.

According to the survey, 52% of all female respondents said they were “very afraid” of being sexually attacked, a figure that increases to seven out of ten in the age group of 18 to 25.

Overall, 46% of female respondents said they were “moderately” or “very afraid” of being sexually assaulted.

In general, the survey showed a gender disparity when it comes to fearing sexual assault. 71% of the respondents, who said they feared it, were female, while only 19% were male.

When it comes to the fear of being robbed when walking home at night, 62% of all Catalans answered that they had some degree of fear. Looking only at female respondents, 77% expressed fear, while that number was 47% among male respondents.

Moreover, 75% of female respondents feared any type of aggression, while 41% of male respondents feared the same.

The Òmnibus barometer surveys topics related to the Catalan parliament’s public policies and the questions in the surveys are suggested by the ministries themselves.