For many girls, women, and people that identify as LGBTQ, street harassment is a daily reality. "According to the CDC, "non-contact unwanted sexual experiences," including street harassment, are the most prevalent form of sexual violence for both men and women in the United States."* Street harassment can include sexual comments (or comments about specific body parts), honking, whistling, groping, flashing, and others. And for most, it's not much of a compliment. When asked how it makes them feel, common responses have been angry, irritated, or disgusted. Some even said it makes them fearful of being out alone and makes them change their route to avoid the harassment. Girls and women are expected to like the attention and are further called names (prude or b***h) when don't respond positively or when they ask the harasser to stop.
So what do YOU think? Big deal or not? What can YOU do to combat the street harassment?
*For more information about an organization seeking to stop street harassment in NY & for the information presented in this blog visit: Hollaback