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Kansas City Gym Owners Confront Harassment

A woman lifting weights alone near a long rack of dumbbells.
Danielle Cerullo
The report also indicated that 21% of men surveyed have experienced harassment in the gym.

Among women who attend gyms and fitness centers, 56.37% report experiencing harassment.

The report by Run Repeat also indicates that 92.31% of instances of harassment against women go unreported. "If people aren't reporting the issue, it's hard to know how to address it" according to Nick Rizzo, Run Repeat's fitness research director . Hailee Bland Walsh, founder and owner of City Gym KC said "When you center the voices of those folks who feel most unsafe... the whole community benefits."

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