Misogyny – A Human Rights Issue

The Working Group on Misogyny and Criminal Justice's independent report on their findings and recommendations.

Appendix 2

Lived Experiences Survey Questions

1. Have you experienced misogynistic behaviour in the last 5 years in any of the following places?

Select all apply:

a) In the street
b) In the workplace
c) At school/Uni/College
d) In a pub, club or other commercial place
e) On public transport
f) Online
g) I have experienced misogyny but not in the last 5 years
h) I have never experienced misogyny
i) Other [please state]

2. Have you witnessed misogynistic behaviour, in the last 5 years in any of the following places?

Select all that apply:

a) In the street
b) In the workplace
c) At school/Uni/College
d) In a pub, club or other commercial place
e) On public transport
f) Online
g) I have witnessed misogyny but not in the last 5 years
h) I have never witnessed misogyny
i) Other [please state]

3. Thinking about a specific incident from Q1 or Q2, if you feel comfortable, can you briefly describe what kind of behaviour you experienced or witnessed?

4. What impact did the incident have on you?

Select all that apply:

a. I felt anxious
b. I felt frightened
c. I felt threatened
d. I felt violated/privacy invaded
e. I felt annoyed/irritated
f. I felt angry
g. I felt embarrassed
h. I felt uncomfortable
i. I felt depressed
j. I lost confidence
k. I felt vulnerable
l. I felt undermined
m. I became more vigilant
n. I became more suspicious of strangers
o. I changed my behaviour in some way
p. It made me rethink my decisions e.g. clothing choices, posting online etc.
q. It didn't have an impact
r. Other [WRITE IN]

5. Did you report this incident to the police?

Respond Y/N/DK

6. Did you report this incident to another person or agency in a position of authority (e.g. management, security staff, internet platforms)?

Respond Y/N/DK


7. If yes, did the police and/or authority you reported the incident to take action?

Respond Y/N/DK

8. How satisfied were you with their response?

Respond: ON SCALE OF 1-5, Not satisfied at all (1) to very satisfied (5), n/a (if didn't report/don't know)

9. If no, why didn't you report it to the police or someone in a position of authority?

Tick All That Apply:

a. Private / personal / family matter
b. Dealt with matter myself / ourselves
c. Dislike / fear of police or authority I could report to
d. Fear of reprisal by offenders / make matters worse
e. Police or authority could have done nothing
f. Police or authority would not have bothered / not been interested
g. Inconvenient / too much trouble
h. No harm caused
i. Not criminal / too trivial / not worth reporting
j. Previous bad experience of the police or authority
k. Previous bad experience of the prosecution process or courts
l. Fear of being judged or not believed
m. Not applicable
n. Other (SPECIFY)
o. Don't know

10. Below is a list of possible options to tackle misogynistic behaviour in society.

If you do not feel confident in responding to an option, please just leave the answer blank and skip to the next one.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (very ineffective to very effective) how effective do you think the following would be?:

a. Education interventions (for example school based programmes teaching appropriate behaviours and healthy relationships)
b. Public awareness raising campaigns e.g. to challenge the acceptability of misogynistic behaviour and to encourage reporting of such behaviour
c. Give police powers to offer on-the-spot fines, for example for cat calling and street harassment, so that swift justice can be carried out
d. Allow for courts to consider whether an existing offence was motivated on the basis of sex or gender and to take this into account when determining the sentence for the offence
e. Create a new criminal offence for all types of misogynistic behaviour
f. Do nothing more

11. What do you think would be the most effective way to tackle misogyny and why?"

12. Anything else you would like to add?

List of Organisations contacted to take part in the 'Lived Experiences' survey

  • 6VT Youth Café
  • Advocating Together (Dundee) SCIO
  • Age Scotland
  • Amnesty International
  • Angus Child Protection Committee, Adult Protection Committee and Violence Against Women Partnership
  • Angus Community Justice Partnership
  • Antisocial Behaviour Officers Forum (ASBOF)
  • Antisocial Behaviour Lawyers Forum (ASBLF)
  • Bridges Programme
  • British Transport Police
  • CARE for Scotland
  • Carnegie
  • Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland
  • Children In Scotland
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • Community Justice Ayrshire
  • Community Justice Scotland
  • Community Justice Scotland (CJS)
  • Community Safety Glasgow, Violence Against Women
  • dsdfamilies
  • Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Dundee City Council
  • East Ayrshire Council
  • East Dunbartonshire Council
  • East Renfrewshire Violence Against Women Partnership
  • Edinburgh Women's Aid
  • Education Scotland
  • Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Equate Scotland
  • Falkirk Council
  • Fife Centre for Equalities
  • For a Fair, Just and Inclusive Scotland (FJSS)
  • Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership
  • Glasgow Women's Library
  • Health and Social Care Alliance (the Alliance)
  • Highland Council
  • Hourglass
  • Inclusion Scotland
  • Leap Sports
  • LGBTI+ Healthy Living Centre
  • Midlothian Community Safety and Justice Partnership
  • NHS Health Scotland
  • Outside the Box
  • People First Scotland
  • Perth & Kinross Council
  • Respectme
  • Safe Lives
  • Scottish Bi+ Network
  • Scottish Borders Council
  • Scottish Care
  • Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
  • Scottish Community Safety Network
  • Scottish Human Rights Commission
  • Scottish Legal Board (SLAB)
  • Scottish Older People's Assembly
  • Scottish Sentencing Council
  • Scottish Trades Union Congress
  • Scottish Women's Convention
  • SCVO Highland
  • SCVO Edinburgh
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • South Ayrshire Council
  • STEP
  • Stirling Violence Against Women Partnership
  • Stonewall Scotland
  • The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Together: Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights
  • Victim Support Scotland
  • West Lothian Council
  • White Ribbon Scotland
  • Who Cares? Scotland
  • Wise Women
  • Women and Girls in Scotland
  • Women Together in Fife
  • Women's Support Project
  • YoungScot
  • Youth Community Support Agency YCSA
  • Zero Tolerance

Although all the listed organisations were invited to participate in and share the survey it is not possible to know which organisations responded and which did not.

The 'Lived Experience Survey Analysis' is published separately.


Email: bill.brash@gov.scot

Back to top