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Public Sexual Harassment (PSH)

Put Her in Her Place

In non-Western countries, a woman alone on the street may be fondled, groped, or grabbed and raped by any passing male.

This conduct is not about sex. Even the stupidest male knows that such behaviour is not “courting” behaviour.

It is about power and domination, punishment, humiliation, and degradation. It is meant to belittle, terrorize, and dehumanize her. It is intended to brutally put her in her place.

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In the West, males know if they tried such actions, they could be charged with a crime. But the need some men have to dominate, punish, and degrade women is an overwhelming one.

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So, he substitutes verbal abuse for physical abuse. His words are chosen to disgust the recipient, to terrorize her, to belittle her. The meaning of his words is very clear:

You stupid c**t – if I can do this to you in public, imagine what I could do to you in private – and be afraid, be very afraid just being on the same street as I am. I own you, bitch.

It’s not your fault

You are NOT the cause of your harassment. It matters not if you are covered-up completely, or if part of you is exposed; it matters not what part of you is exposed; it matters not if you are young or old, pretty or plain, fat or thin, able or not; it matters not your race, creed or colour; it matters not if you are straight or LGBQT+.


Nothing you can do matters because it is NOT about you – it is about some small-minded little prick believing he has the god-given right to harass others in a public place. It’s about HIM getting HIS jollies, getting HIS fix of terror in another person’s eyes, getting the sheer pleasure it gives HIM to know he can control you, he can abuse you, he can threaten you AND YOU HAVE NO RECOURSE.

The only way to stop this is to ensure that these males understand it is unacceptable behaviour. That it will be punished.

We have made illegal duelling, slavery, 80-hour work weeks, child marriage, private wars (e.g., as in Romeo and Juliet where two families engage in endless violence), burning women at the stake, and a variety of other activities which were at one-time considered entirely normal behaviour,
It is well-past time to make Public Sexual Harassment (PSH) illegal, giving its victims a legal recourse so that these little creeps can be held accountable for their terrorism.

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Feel Safe In Public Poster Giveaway

To wrap up our #streetharassment week with @ourstreetsnow, we’re sending a copy of this poster to @unwomen
We’ll also be giving away posters to 3 lucky winners!

To enter,

Thank you to all that collaborated this past week

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Public Sexual Harassment (PSH)

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Women

Dogs & Women:

Across cultures, and across time, we have shared so much.

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The Master got to stride boldly down the street and was free to threaten, kick, abuse, or even kill any dog which dared to try to share the sidewalk with him.

Globally, historically, men have inflicted similar harassments on women.

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In cultures with a conscience, we have a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to protect dogs from such maltreatment.

Time for an SPCW?

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Men Speak Against Harassment

Today we’re showcasing a few comments famous men have made on Public Sexual Harassment

Harassment is about power – the undue exercise of power by a superior over a subordinate.
Michael Crichton
(author, film-maker)

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Most women are all too familiar with men … whose sense of prerogative renders them deaf when women say, “No thanks,” “Not interested,” or even “F*k off, creep.”
Jon Krakauer
(writer, mountaineer)

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I think the golden rule for men should be: If you’re a man, don’t say anything to a woman on the street that you wouldn’t want a man saying to you in prison.
Peter White
(musician)
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Public Sexual Harassment (PSH)

I Want to Feel Safe in Public

Public Sexual Harassment is a global issue, and the impacts are felt differently across the world, ranging from catcalling to sexual assault.

Public Sexual Harassment is something the vast majority of women have had to endure. Yet 80% of women endure frequent Public Sexual Harassment.

The ability to go about your day without harassment should be a basic human right.

We’re collaborating with Our Streets Now to bring attention to Public Street Harassment across the world, inspire people to speak up, and encourage lawmakers to make Public Sexual Harassment a Criminal Offense.

Follow us on Instagram for our End Street Harassment updates and polls!

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End Public Harassment #3: Victimless Crime

Public sexual harassment (PSH) is the most common form of violence against women and girls. Yet it is belittled, ignored, and normalised. Women are accused of getting upset over nothing when it happens. Like prostitution, Society sees it as a victimless crime.

4 men in a car, follow Shanice, a 10-year-old girl in her school uniform, across a bridge with wolf-whistles, jeers, and shouts of “How much for a blow-job?”

85-pound Shelley tells 3 large men who are sexually harassing her that she is only 13. They say, “So what, we don’t care how old you are.”

18-year-old Donna is confined to a wheel-chair. One man on the subway said to her, “Ooh love did someone f**k you too hard and now you’re broken?” Men on the street flash her, or they grab her, and then they run away.

Jane was 20 years old and deaf, when a car stopped next to her and the driver catcalled at her. She couldn’t hear him and did not respond. He drove his car in front of her, blocking her path, and screamed, “I’m trying to compliment you, but you’re ignoring me. I don’t tolerate being ignored.”

No victims there …

The ability to go about your day without harassment should be a basic human right. Yet 80% of women endure frequent Public Sexual Harassment.

We’re collaborating with Our Streets Now to bring attention to Public Street Harassment across the world, inspire people to speak up, and encourage lawmakers to make Public Sexual Harassment a Criminal Offense.

Follow us on Instagram for our End Street Harassment updates and polls!

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End Public Harassment #1: Verbal Rape

Woman's hand with Stop Verbal Rape. 80% of woman experience public sexual harassment.
A strange male walks up to a female on the street, and out of his mouth streams a foul mix of four-letter words and threats mixed-in with disgusting sexual slurs.

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Society closes its eyes to the abuse and pretends this behaviour to be innocuous – boys being boys.

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Rubbish!
Let’s call this assault by its real name:
Verbal Rape

The ability to go about your day without harassment should be a basic human right. Yet 80% of women endure frequent Public Sexual Harassment.

We’re collaborating with Our Streets Now to bring attention to Public Street Harassment across the world, inspire people to speak up, and encourage lawmakers to make Public Sexual Harassment a Criminal Offense.

Follow us on Instagram for our End Street Harassment updates and polls!

Street harassment is a form of harassment, primarily sexual harassment that consists of unwanted comments, gestures, honking, wolf-whistlings, catcalling, exposure, following, persistent sexual advances, and touching by strangers in public areas such as streets, shopping malls, and public transportation.

Cyberbullying Via Social Media
Elizabeth Whittaker & Robin M. Kowalski

What is Public Sexual Harassment?

PSH is an area that has largely slipped between the cracks of law enforcement.  Harassing comments / actions on the street, a daily and frightening reality for many individuals, especially women, seem to be culturally accepted everywhere as part of the reality of living.

So, it is time for us as people to organize, to learn about the situation and what we can do to change our world for the better. We need to speak-up loudly for the criminalization of PSH, including joining (or starting) organizations devoted to promoting positive change in local regions.

The ‘Feel Safe’ Campaign and Our Streets Now

Our Streets Now is a campaign demanding the right of women and girls to feel and be safe in public space. Their petition in the UK has received over 200,000 signatures to date.

This week, from May 24th to May 30th, we are collaborating with Our Streets Now to bring attention to amplify the call to end Public Street Harassment across the world.

We want help Our Streets Now in their mission to inspire others who have experienced street harassment to speak up, and inspire local partners to start petitions in their countries to urge lawmakers to make Public Sexual Harassment a criminal offense.