Stop Street Harassment is dedicated to documenting and ending gender-based street harassment worldwide.
From groping to leering to stalking and unwanted sexual or disrespectful comments: "Hey baby," "Yo, mami," "Aiye, shorty," "Stupid dyke," "Ugly fag," gender-based street harassment is a global problem.
Starting around puberty, most women worldwide experience it in public spaces by strangers, especially when they are young and alone. Many men, especially in the LGBQT community, experience it too.
Stop Street Harassment, based in the Washington, DC-area, documents street harassment and provides people with resources for taking action in their community. We organize global awareness efforts and empower individuals locally.
"Hey, I just wanted to thank you for your work fighting street harassment. You have helped me feel empowered, and I want you to know that," a woman named Megan recently wrote us.
We need YOUR help to fund our projects and programs so we can assist even more people and work to prevent street harassment from occurring.
What We Do:
1. Stopping Companies that Trivialize Street Harassment: Street harassment is a normalized experience and one contributor to that is companies that portray street harassment as a joke, compliment, or an “okay” experience. SSH runs an on-going list of offending companies and works with community members to get companies to drop ads and change offensive language. We’ve had six successes so far.
2. Correspondents Program: Ten to fifteen correspondents from around the world contribute monthly articles about street harassment in their communities. The correspondents term lasts three months.
3. Documenting Street Harassment in the United States: Thanks to generous donors, in spring 2014, SSH worked with surveying firm GfK to conduct the first large-scale national study on street harassment in the United States. To supplement the 2,000-person survey, SSH conducted 10 focus groups with under-represented groups. The national report detailing the findings was released in early June 2014.
4. International Anti-Street Harassment Week: Each spring, SSH organizes more than 150 around the world to take action against street harassment in their community during International Anti-Street Harassment Week. In 2014, groups in 25 countries participated. The 2015 week will be held April 12-18.
5. Male Allies Information: Men must be part of the solution. We provide information about working with boys and men, bystander tips, and more. Read guest blog posts from male allies.
6. Safe Public Spaces Mentoring Program: Launched in summer 2013, people and groups anywhere in the world can propose a project idea that addresses gender-based street harassment in their community. Selected projects receive in-depth mentoring for three months, up to $250 to offset expenses, and other benefits.
7. Toolkits: SSH provides resources for people who want to take community action.
8. Washington, D.C. Activism: SSH is based in the Washington, D.C.-area and has led or co-led various initiatives there. Along with Collective Action for Safe Spaces, SSH is part of a task force that works with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on addressing sexual harassment on the Metro trains and buses. In 2011, SSH co-led community safety audits and helped with a city march called Our Streets Too!