|Rapists often insist that the sex was consensual.|
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The way she dressed; the way she sat, crossed her legs and talked; the earrings she was wearing … all were SIGNS she WANTED sex with him.
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Hmmm … hearing strange voices and seeing signs that are invisible to others … seems the only thing missing is a silver foil helmet.
The stats on Street Harassment are NOT good:
- 80% of women endure frequent street harassment,
- 45% feel they can’t go alone to public spaces,
- 50% have to cross the street to avoid street harassment,
- 26% are in a relationship to avoid harassment,
- 80% feel the need to be constantly alert on local streets,
- 9% switched careers to escape harassment
The “Our Streets Now” Campaign
Two sisters, 15 and 21, from the UK have started a campaign to end street harassment in the UK called Our Streets Now.– ourstreetsnow.org
It started when they spoke about how they experience the world as young women.
How they feel scared walking home at night.
How they feel anxious in an empty train carriage.
How they feel sexualised in their school uniform.
Channelling this anger into change, they decided to start a petition.
Hundreds of women and girls went online to share their stories of being insulted, followed and assaulted in public space. Soon enough, thousands of voices were joining the Our Streets Now movement, tired of harassment being a ‘normal’ part of being a girl.
Our Streets Now became a community determined to challenge the myths and taboos stopping this topic from being discussed, and challenged, out in the open.
Feminine Riles aims to support these two inspiring young women by helping produce content that helps meet communications objectives.
Making street harassment illegal is the first step, but the battle to unraveling toxic societal norms that cause street harassment has just begun.