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Women say misogyny rampant in NJ politics. Men, not so much.

A survey that asked people about sexual misconduct in New Jersey politics found harassment and misogyny are widespread.

A brief summary of the survey results was described in an online hearing held last week by the Workgroup on Harassment, Sexual Assault and Misogyny in New Jersey Politics. A complete report on the survey results is expected next month, with the workgroup’s final report after that, perhaps in July.

Marissa Marzano, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said the survey received more than 500 responses.

“Overall, 39% of respondents identify that they believe misogyny is extremely prevalent in New Jersey politics and 36% said that sexual harassment is very prevalent,” Marzano said.

“Forty-six percent of female respondents identified that misogyny is extremely prevalent, compared to 13% of males, and 30% of female respondents reported that sexual harassment is extremely prevalent, compared to 11% of males,” she said. “And I share this not at all with the intent to blame or shame male respondents, but rather to highlight the really wide gully in the way that one’s identity shapes and influences their experiences and their perception of the world around them.”

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