More Than Half of Young Men Say #MeToo Has Made Them Rethink How They Behave Toward Women

42% of young men say they now have a clearer understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment, according to CBS News poll

A CBS News poll released Monday shows how Time’s Up and the #MeToo movement how sexual harassment is viewed — particularly young men. According to the poll, more than half (52 percent) of young men 18-29 say these movements have made them rethink how men behave toward women.

36% of young men say they’re talking about the issue more than they were before. Additionally, 42% of young men say they now have a clearer understanding of what constitutes sexual harassment. Overall, 63% of Americans believe Time’s Up and the #MeToo movement have helped raise awareness of sexual harassment

“These findings are evidence of what supporters of Time’s Up already know: Our movement for safety and equity at work is growing stronger every day,” said Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Time’s Up Now.

On top of that, 29% of working women say they’re more likely to report workplace sexual harassment than they were before the movement. The poll also found that 76% of adults — men and women — consider sexual harassment a “serious problem.” Almost 40% of women think it is “very serious.”

“More women are feeling empowered and more men are feeling a responsibility to help shift problematic social norms,” said Tchen. “Time’s Up works to change culture, companies, and laws so work is safe, fair, and dignified for everyone. This CBS News poll reveals encouraging evidence that our culture is indeed changing. Now, it’s time for business leaders and policymakers to catch up.”