A project of Stop Street Harassment
A national study about street harassment is critically needed to bring attention to the issue and to help improve prevention efforts.
The right to walk down the street safely at any time of day or night is one that girls and women around the world are routinely denied, as are many men in the LGBQT community.
Instead, to try to stay safe they may do one, some, or all of the following: only go places with someone, only go out during the day, constantly assess their surroundings, and/or have their anti-harassment armor on (a scowl, sunglasses, headphones, and a fast-paced walk).
While every woman and some men have a story about being talked to, followed, grabbed, or attacked in an unwanted sexual or sexist way by a stranger while on the streets, on a bus, in a park or a store, their experiences are not widely acknowledged or addessed.
It's time to FINALLY have national data in the USA documenting how widespread street harassment is, the negative ways it impacts our lives, and the reasons why it occurs.
Stop Street Harassment plans to undertake a national street harassment study in the United States to document its prevalence and impact. With the study, we hope to demonstrate once and for all why this is a gender equality issue and a human rights violation that must be taken seriously. Here is information about what the study will entail and its cost breakdown. We hope to raise $10,000 online and $50,000 from grants.
Sexual harassment is illegal in the workplace and schools, yet in the streets and on public transportation, in stores and in parks, it’s seen as normal and the “way things are.” That must change. Please donate to make this study possible!