One in four women sexually harassed on nights out in Wales
One in four women in Wales aged 18 to 24 have been inappropriately touched or had unwanted physical attention on a night out, a survey found.
Drinkaware, who commissioned the survey, suggested research shows the problem is worse in Wales than in any other part of Britain.
The charity warned being drunk is not an excuse for sexually harassing or assaulting other people.
Calls have been made for the Welsh government to strengthen laws.
The research by ICM highlighted the extent of unwanted sexual attention on nights out and tolerance of criminal behaviour.
Sexual harassment facts
- Most young people (66%) said that persistent unwanted sexual attention ruins a good night out
- Young women who experienced this said that unwanted attention on a night out made them feel disgusted (69%) and reported feeling anger (56%) and fear (39%)
- Young men are not exempt, 11% said they had to deal with inappropriate or unwanted physical attention or touching and 8% received inappropriate sexual comments or abuse
- More than 40% of people who have experienced sexual assault believed their assailant to be drunk
In the survey, 31% of young women aged 18 to 24 said they had received inappropriate or unwanted physical attention or touching on a drunken night out.
In addition, more than a quarter of young women have put up with inappropriate sexual comments or abuse on a drunken night out.
Elaine Hindal, chief executive at Drinkaware said: 'Young people should be able to enjoy a night out without fear of intimidating behaviour, whether physical or verbal.
"Being drunk isn't an excuse for sexually harassing or assaulting other people."
Women's rights campaigner and former AM Nerys Evans, said she hoped Welsh government gender-based violence legislation going through the Assembly would be strengthened to educate young people about what healthy relationships are.