A survey of 548 experts polled by the Thomson Reuters Foundation has found that the United States is the 10th most dangerous country in the world for women.
 
The surprise showing in the poll released Tuesday is in part a testament to the "Me Too" movement and the rampant sexual harassment and assault it has helped to uncover.
 
The U.S. is the only Western democracy in the top 10, which also includes India, Afghanistan and Somalia.

The U.S. was tied for third with Syria for the risks women face in terms of sexual violence, harassment, sexual coercion and women's lack of access to justice in cases of rape, pollsters said.

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"People want to think income means you're protected from misogyny, and sadly that's not the case," Cindy Southworth, executive vice president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, told Thomson Reuters.

"We are going to look back and see this as a very powerful tipping point. ... We're blowing the lid off and saying '#Metoo and Time's Up,’” Southworth continued. 

Poll respondents included “aid professionals, academics, healthcare staff, non-government organization workers, policy-makers, development specialists and social commentators for the survey.” 

The survey was conducted online and via phone and in-person interviews from March 26 to May 4 across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific.