MPs are asking women and girls to tell them if they have experienced sexual harassment in public places.
They want to hear about sexism and harassment on the street, on public transport, in shopping areas, in bars and clubs and in other public areas.
A national survey published by YouGov in 2016 revealed that 85 per cent of women aged 18–24 had experienced unwanted sexual attention in public places, and 45 per cent have experienced unwanted sexual touching.
Reported sexual offences on trains have more than doubled in the past five years, with 1,448 offences reported in 2016-17, up from 650 in 2012-2013.
Now, the Commons Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into the problem.
MPs on the inquiry include Eddie Hughes, Conservative MP for Walsall North in the Black Country, and Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley.
It follows reports about harassment in high-profile professions such as showbusiness and politics.
But MPs want to hear about the experience of all women and girls.
People can submit evidence through the House of Commons website, by visiting http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/women-and-equalities-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/sexual-harassment-public-places-17-19/commons-written-submission-form/ .
Committee Chair Maria Miller MP said: “We know that there is huge public concern about sexual harassment, particularly of women and girls, which is why we held an evidence session in December to look at women’s experiences of harassment in different places and how these experiences are linked.
“We know that sexual harassment can be experienced by anyone, but the evidence shows that it is overwhelmingly a problem that is perpetrated by men and boys against women and girls and forms part of the wider inequalities that women and girls experience - which is why we are focusing on this.
“Women and girls are harassed on buses, trains, in the street and in bars and clubs. We are putting a spotlight on a problem that seems to be so routine in women’s lives, and yet has received very little attention in public policy.
"We want to find out why it happens, what the Government is doing to root it out, and what more can be done.”
The inquiry follows from the Committee’s ground-breaking report on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools in 2016 which found that sexual harassment – and even sexual assault – of girls at school was becoming routine.