Prof. Rennison’s survey on sexual harassment in the climbing industry helps to tackle the #MeToo movement

Professor Callie Rennison was recently featured in the outsideonline.com article “The Climbing Industry Tackles the #MeToo Movement.” The article describes her work with data scientist Charlie Lieu to develop a survey to explore sexual harassment in the climbing industry:

“The survey marks the first step in what organizers hope will be a movement to educate brands, organizations, climbing gyms, and other companies on how to talk about and respond to harassment. It comes months after several high-profile incidents of bullying among professional climbers.”

Roughly 5,000 people responded to the questionnaire, and Rennison says she was blown away by the level of care and detail in participants’ answers. “Generally, people don’t fill out open-ended questions,” she says. “But 20 percent of people responded to ours, speaking about their own experiences.” An equal number of men and women participated in the survey.



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