End Street Harassment

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I now know what it is like to be grabbed at by a stranger in broad daylight. It’s not pleasant; in fact, it’s terrifying and for all the hypothetical scenarios that I ran through in preparation for this possible moment, when it came down to it I ended up jumping away and hightailing it back to campus. It’s very frustrating because I feel like I missed out on an opportunity to call out street harassment.

I think that this is normal for a lot of women who are harassed. Even though they might make the decision to say something if they are harassed, when the moment happens they freeze up or become too scared to say anything. Street harassment is a gateway crime that can lead to other forms of gender-based violence. It is a tactic that is used to keep marginalized groups such as women and LGBTQIA folks afraid…

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