An Alarming Number Of Teen Girls Have Been Harassed Since Election Day

One in six of the teenage girls surveyed by the National Women's Law Center said they have been sexually harassed since the day President Donald Trump claimed victory.

Just when you thought statistics relating to President Donald Trump couldn't get any worse, the National Women's Law Center published a report about the sexual harassment and assault young women have been facing. Those numbers are dismal — especially since the night Trump won the presidency.

As it turns out, one in six teen girls surveyed have been sexually harassed since Election Day, The Huffington Post reports, and 17 percent have been harassed since the 2016 presidential election (the exact timeframe is unclear).

The study, titled "Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout," focused on the reasons young women drop out of school. More than 1,000 girls ages 14 to 18 were surveyed in January 2017.

Girls of color and girls of the LGBTQ spectrum experienced harassment and assault at rates that were higher than the average figure, The Huffington Post reports. Overall, 21 percent of girls among these ages report having been sexually assaulted — although 22 percent of black girls, 23 percent of Native Americans, 24 percent of Latinas, and 38 percent of LGBTQ girls experienced sexual assault. It's no wonder, really, that minorities feel unsafe in Trump's America

"The trauma that girls experience affects not only their mental and physical health but also their ability to concentrate, feel safe, and stay and do well in school," wrote NWLC Director of Education Neena Chaudhry in a press release. "We need targeted policies to help these groups of girls stay and thrive in school, and we owe them no less."

Given the lewd remarks Trump has made about women's bodies — and the abundance of women who have accused him of sexual assault since his campaign — these numbers outline a much darker picture of what men view as acceptable behavior. The leader of the free world, after all, is setting a pretty poor example.  

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