Stop Street Harassment is dedicated to documenting and ending gender-based street harassment worldwide.
Starting at puberty, gender-based street harassment impacts at least 80 percent of women worldwide, especially when they are young and alone in public places. Many men in the LGBQT community experience it too.
Launched as a website in 2008, Stop Street Harassment documents street harassment and provides people with resources and a place to share their stories.
"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.
SSH is now a 501c3 nonprofit organization and 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. Online Resources: The SSH website is the go-to resource for information about street harassment, including prevalence statistics, tips for dealing with harassers and how to be a male ally. A team of correspondents from around the world contribute monthly articles about street harassment in their communities.
2. Research: SSH’s founder Holly Kearl conducted two online surveys for a master’s thesis and then a book. SSH is currently fundraising to be able to conduct the first-ever national study on street harassment in the United States. To supplement the 2,000-person survey, numerous focus groups are being conducted with under-represented groups.
3. International Anti-Street Harassment Week: Each spring, SSH organizes more than 100 groups (there were 150 groups in 2013) around the world to take action against street harassment in their community during International Anti-Street Harassment Week.
4. Toolkits: SSH provides resources for people who want to take community action.
5. 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!
Since 2010, she's given 75 talks, 150 media interviews (including for AP, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and BBC), and presented before the UN, NYC City Council and Wasington, DC City Council.