Categories
Public Sexual Harassment (PSH)

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.

〰  ⚤ 〰

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

〰  ⚤ 〰

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.