Lipstick is not a Yes: L’Oréal Paris and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust partner to educate the UK on street harassment through bystander intervention training
L’Oreal Paris have launched their limited-Edition Color Riche Satin Lipstick, exclusive to Superdrug, and will be donating 100% of their profits to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The bullet of the Lipstick is embossed with a feminist symbol of sorority and comes with the tagline ‘Lipstick is not a Yes’. That’s because we believe that everyone has the right to be safe from all unwanted behaviours, no matter what they’re wearing.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust is the UK's pioneering personal safety charity and leading stalking authority, established in 1986, following the disappearance of 25-year-old Suzy Lamplugh, an estate agent and lone worker who went to meet a client and never returned. Suzy was never found and declared deceased after seven years in 1993. 
Earlier this year, we partnered with L’Oreal Paris to roll out the Stand Up Against Street Harassment bystander intervention training programme in the UK. In 2021, an IPSOS survey in the UK revealed 86% of us do not know what to do when we witness street harassment happening. This partnership means people in the UK can complete in-depth 1-hour free training to create a community of bystanders who are confident in tackling street and public harassment when they witness it. The bystander intervention training programme aims to make people more confident in safely tackling street and public harassment when they witness it. Globally over 850,000 people have taken the training, with more people signing up daily.
Research from both L’Oréal Paris and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust has found that 80% of women in the UK have reported experiencing harassment in public spaces. 90% of women in the UK have experienced some form of unwanted behaviour on public transport in the past five years, with women being more likely to have experienced sexual assault and sexual harassment than men. These behaviours restrict women’s freedom and safety in public places on a daily basis with the perpetual threat of violence and harassment. This has to change.

About the Stand Up programme 

The Stand Up programme drives awareness of street harassment with a call-to-action on a global scale. By opening the public eye to the scale of harassment that women in particular experience, Stand Up aims to simultaneously discourage harassers, support victims and encourage bystanders to intervene with the aim to overall drive a cultural shift in the global response to street and public harassment. The training is open to all - action from people of all genders is vital. 
Although a long way to go and certainly not the only way to end harassment, given the primary responsibility lies with the harasser not the harassed, bystander training can be a step towards supporting and empowering victims of and witnesses to street harassment. 
“At L’Oréal Paris we are humbled to partner with a charity as pioneering as the Suzy Lamplugh Trust whose expertise will be invaluable to the Stand Up Against Street Harassment cause. We are eager to work with the Trust on how we can progress the Stand Up platform further and train as many people as possible. Together, we can get the UK to Train Up to Stand Up, to drive cultural change and work towards a future without street harassment.” - Caroline O’Neill, L’Oréal Paris UK General Manager
“Everyone has the right to be safe. But as our survey finds, a shocking number of people - disproportionately women - are experiencing harassment in public spaces. It is unacceptable. Stand Up Against Street Harassment bystander intervention training aims to address the prevalence of public harassment. Working with L’Oreal Paris through Stand Up, we aim to equip people with tools to tackle public harassment. Bystanders can play an important role in supporting victims, helping them feel - and be - safer.”- Suky Bhaker, The Suzy Lamplugh Trust CEO
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Editor's notes 

Stand Up Against Street Harassment was first launched in 2020 in an initial eight countries following a global 15,000-participant survey on sexual harassment in public spaces conducted in partnership with Ipsos, researchers at Cornell University and L’Oréal Paris(iii). Since the UK launch of the online training platform (2021), nearly 15,000 people have been trained in the UK and 700,000 trained worldwide. The results confirm L’Oréal Paris’ determination to stand up for the self-worth of all women.  
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was formed in 1986 by Paul and Diana Lamplugh OBE after the disappearance of their daughter Suzy who they believe was a victim of stalking. It strives to enable individuals and organisations to be and feel safer through campaigning, education and its specialist support services. The Trust exists so that what happened to Suzy does not happen to anyone else, and for 35 years, they have worked towards reducing the risk of harassment, stalking, aggression, and violence through education, campaigning and their critical frontline services, including the National Stalking Helpline.  
(iii) First survey: International survey on “sexual harassment in public spaces” conducted by L’Oréal Paris with IPSOS, with data gathered in 8 countries with over 15,000 participants, April 2019. Interviews were conducted online