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While gender-based street/public harassment occurs year round, it can ramp
up in the spring. And hey look, it's spring ...
an anti-street harassment website with
for dealing with/fighting street harassment, and a companion blog with stories from
contributors and my commentary on street harassment-related news. Recent
stories you may have missed elsewhere but I covered on the blog include Anti-Harassment
Day in Egypt (April 18), the one-year
report on Boston's anti-sexual harassment subway campaign, the murder
of a woman runner in Vancouver, sexual harassment on the New
Delhi metro, and a subway
harasser in NY who was recently arrested.
Having personally cowered in the face of harassers for years without knowing
where to turn or realizing how widespread the problem is, I hope the website
& blog can help you if you're feeling frustrated/angry/helpless/scared
because of street harassment. I hope you can realize you're not alone in facing
this problem, gain strength from reading the stories of others/sharing your
story, learn new strategies for dealing with harassers, and gain resources
and ideas for becoming an activist on this issue in your community.
Ultimately, street harassment won't end until the harassers stop, but I hope
raising awareness around the issue - especially through
our stories - can help us reach that point.
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