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News Article: The University of Louisville is hosting an event next month aimed at combating sexual and street harassment

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/kentucky/articles/2017-03-29/uofl-to-host-event-to combat-street-harassment

 The University of Louisville is hosting an event next month aimed at combating sexual and street harassment.

March 29, 2017, at 2:28 a.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville is hosting an event next month aimed at combating sexual and street harassment.

The university says the “Cards Against Catcalling” event is scheduled April 6 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT in the Red Barn at the Belknap Campus. The event will be hosted by the Women 4 Women Student Board and the UofL Women’s Center.

The event is part of the national Anti-Street Harassment Week, organized by Stop Street Harassment, a usnews.pngnonprofit group working to end gender-based street harassment.

Hadley Hendrick, a member of Women 4 Women and chair of “Cards Against Catcalling,” says street harassment is a common problem for women, minorities and members of the LGBT community.

The event will be free and open to the public.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Another Woman’s Story from a College Newspaper: ‘Stop Catcalling’

http://www.the-standard.org/opinion/stop-catcalling/article_83bc96a4-1351-11e7-b633-5bb71f5ec316.html

The Standard, March 28, 2017

Stop catcalling

 Before coming to the United States, I had never experienced catcalls. When I first came to this country in August, I did not know this form of harassment existed until I went grocery shopping with my Chinese friends at an Asian market.  We were crossing the street, waiting for the lights to turn. All of a sudden, a guy rolled down his window and began to shout at us. More guys did the same thing afterward in just five minutes.  In that moment, all I wanted to do was get on the next plane home away from the insults. Feeling frightened by the rudeness, I was depressed and shameful because I regarded the gestures as unwelcoming messages to Asians. I have seen repeatedly in the news that discrimination toward Asians can happen in restaurants, schools and stations. I thought these men’s yells were part of that discrimination.

The same thing happened multiple times to my friends and I when we were walking on an empty street and on campus at night. I shared this story with my female American friends, hoping they would help me figure out the reason and come up with a solution. They told me this way of harassment is not aimed at Asians, ,but women. They think that it’s normal and when it happens, they endure it.

“Chilling out” over the catcalling situation does not work for me. My parents trained me to be a strong and fierce woman warrior, full of bravery and justice, so I decided shouting back at the catcallers was a way of self-defense.It should not come as a surprise that I chickened out of shouting at the catcallers because I found myself incredibly terrified of the consequences that could come with my response. What if they stopped the car and started to hit or rape me? What if they just grabbed a gun and shot me from a distance?

I remember finishing a day-long project and wanting to buy some groceries to rest my brain, but I soon realized that all the horrifying feelings of being catcalled and shouted at would reoccur. I lost the interest in shopping that day, and my only choice was to go home as soon as possible. When my parents called to check to see how I was, I squeezed a smile and told them everything was fine. Having them worried about me is the last thing I wanted to do.

My parents trusted America’s decency and grace, so they sent their beloved daughter to this great country. Sadly, some parts of this country went wrong.It’s 2017 now. Women shouldn’t have to put up with the rage they feel when they feel harassed. Stop street harassment.

Ebony Magazine Article: Fellas, Street Harassment is Never the Way to Hit on Women: March 28, 2017

Before I post the article, I would just like to note that for years women have been saying they are tired of nasty n*#@!s jumping in their faces. I can say as a covered Sunni Muslim Black American woman that each time a black male does this I pray for God’s wrath to descend upon you for your blatant disrespect of His creation. Your dissociative mental disorder has erroneously convinced you because someone may have the same color spectrum as you that equals they are property to be snatched.  I find Black “Christian” males today totally gross, mentally ill, nasty and sick in the head. Everyone knows that in general a covered Sunni Muslim woman will not give a black “Christian” male an opportunity to wiggle their sinister selves into their life–. So you continue to mock both your alleged beliefs and that of your target. Then you wonder why certain black communities aren’t ‘blessed’ with progress. You retard it. No one wants to help people who are blatant criminals and do not even respect women and children who are minding their business.  Women have said it disrupts their day, places them in fear for their life (rightfully so, as some black women are killed for rejecting black male STRANGERS), even other laymen have warned you, the only thing is left is a ramp up in enforcing the law against you–because you surely believe you are above it.  Anyway, here’s the article and by the way it’s true–it’s black males who do this, so when  you wind up in jail; you have received your just desserts.

It is evident, today’s black males are the problem.


http://www.ebony.com/love-sex/relationships-cat-calling-dating#axzz4cdaAEWs7

Fellas, Street Harassment is Never the Way to Hit on Women

[Opinion] Instead of yelling at her from afar, perhaps you should attend events that women interested in men go to

by Lincoln Anthony Blades, March 28, 2017  

Recently, while browsing through my Twitter timeline, I came across a raw, heartfelt and insightful thread from @PiaGlenn that very plainly described everything wrong with street harassment, while simultaneously debunking the BS ideology that approaching women in the street leads mostly to fun and enjoyable interactions.

Hey fam, I’ve just had a #YouOKSis moment that I’m choosing to share

(Fair warning: it’s not pleasant)

— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) March 18, 2017

As a man, reading that sent me through a world of emotions. Shame, disgust, anger, rage and sadness all coursed through my soul. After the spectrum of emotions came a sense of exhaustion. Although I didn’t know anything about this woman or her followers, I could already guess what her mentions looked like, consisting of dudes talkin’ about, “So just because you had one bad experience…,””Not all men…,” and “If we don’t harass y’all in the street, how the HELL we supposed to meet?!”

I didn’t even bother to read the comments on her viral post and I was already tired of the excuses men would use to attempt to justify our horrific, abusive behavior because I’ve heard it all before. 

I have literally lost count of the amount of times I’ve heard dudes attempt to elucidate the necessity of bothering random women “on road.” But there’s a point that Pia touched on that is very similar to the retort I’ve been hitting these dudes with for the past decade: we don’t give a DAMN about maintaining the integrity of informal, random encounters that can potentially lead to long-lasting relationships, engagements, marriages and children.

You want to say whatever you want to whoever you want and you’re *entitled* to a positive response, aren’t you, big fella?

— @PiaGlenn (@PiaGlenn) March 18, 2017

If the pro-street-harassment crowd of men were so damn interested in meeting women, we would spend far less time doing stupid sh*t like whispering, “Pssst, yo blue dress, lemme holla at you” which has an inherently low success rate. We would do things more apt to meeting women like actually attending events that women go to where many are either trying to meet men, or are at least open to the idea of being approached by a man.

Personally, I’ve been writing about sex and relationships for 7 years, I’ve been a frequent guest of many different relationship panel events for 6 years and I’ve been throwing my own events (relationship conversation parties, as well as grown games nights) for the past 5 years. Whenever I was booked to speak at events, the crowd would be full of women interested in meeting men. Whenever I threw my own events, the crowd would be damn near full of women looking for good dudes. It got to the point where I had to organize a local thinktank just to find ways to convince men to come out and meet these groups of single, successful, gorgeous women.

Whenever I brought that point up to men, telling them that it’s absolutely insane that they’re defending street harassment at a time when women are actually open to being approached, they would tell me about how unapproachable women are at events and how desperate they are. The problems persist everywhere from Oakland to New York to Toronto. Whether it’s speed dating, a games night, dance workout class, etc., women came out in droves and dudes were almost nowhere to be found – until the event let out.

Frowsy dudes would swarm on the women trying to walk back to their cars. These days, the only place men far outnumber women in attendance is dank, musty, nightclubs.

I’ve never understood the point of harassing women in the street, honking at women who pass by, or trying to chat women up in the passenger side of my best friend’s ride. It all seems pointless and embarrassing to me. That’s not to say that I haven’t seen it work, because anyone who has ever been to a Caribana or the Labor Day parade has seen guys stand in the middle of the road and shoot successful long-range shots and hit nothing but net. But when the majority of our sisters are saying that street harassment is nothing more than a scary annoyance, it’s time for us men to shut the hell up and listen.

…even in 2017

The caricature of the hyper-sexualized black brute has become self-fulfilling prophecy. The true Black men of the past would be so ashamed and disgusted at what a core group of black American “Christian” males have morphed into the past several decades:

even in 2017

Buffalo News Article (March 25, 2017): Decker Street man accused of harassing woman in damaging tirade

Decker Street man accused of harassing woman in damaging tirade

<!–By –>By Matt Gryta Published

http://buffalonews.com/2017/03/25/decker-street-man-accused-harassing-woman-damaging-tirade/

A Decker Street man is accused of harassing a woman and hurling bricks at her car Saturday morning.

Mark E. McCarthy, 33, was charged with felony third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. He was arrested by Buffalo police at Delaware Avenue and Nottingham Terrace about 10 a.m.

Police said the suspect forced his way into the victim’s car at a gas station at Delaware and Amherst Street, then ordered her to drive to her residence on Delaware. After they arrived, police said, the woman quickly got into her house. In response, the suspect hurled bricks at both front and rear windshields of the car, as well as the trunk, police added.

End the Cycle of Street Harassment: Photo Chart 2017

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Online Article: Street Harassment Is a Public Health Problem: March 20, 2017

https://www.citylab.com/crime/2017/03/street-harassment-is-a-public-health-problem-the-case-of-mexico-city/520185/Street Harassment Is a Public Health Problem

Women who have been harassed may feel less trust in their community, with potential long-term impacts on mental health and well-being.

Lauren Ferreira Cardoso

March 20, 2017

“I actually don’t remember when I was first harassed on the street, but I do remember when I first experienced it as an abusive act: I was an adolescent traveling with my mom in a crowded underground wagon, where men could easily touch women without anyone noticing and with little possibility to prevent it.

This was the experience of Lucía Vázquez, a researcher in Mexico City, Mexico. Unfortunately, her story is not unique.

According to a multi-country poll by YouGov, Mexico City ranks first among 16 international cities surveyed for physical and verbal harassment on public transportation. Street harassment, a form of gender-based violence against women, can include any act or comment perpetrated in a public space that is unwanted and threatening, and is motivated by a person’s perceived sex or gender.

Violence against women in public spaces is not exclusive to Mexico City, of course. Experiences of street harassment—from being whistled at to being touched without consent—are reported each day on crowd-sourced websites like Hollaback and Safecity in dozens of other locations from New York and New Delhi, to Lawrence, Kansas and Lubbock, Texas.

There is still much to be learned about how harassment and feeling unsafe in public spaces affects the well-being of women and girls—a topic I focus on in my doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice—but the global scale of these experiences is concerning. Studies documenting the prevalence of street harassment in more than 35 countries show it could have widespread health effects across the globe.

Street harassment in Mexico City

One of the latest studies on this issue aimed to understand the extent of street harassment and its impacts on women, girls and communities in Mexico City. All of the women in this study had previously screened positive for intimate partner violence, a prerequisite for inclusion in the parent study.

Paola Abril Campos, a doctoral student at the Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is a native of Mexico City. She said in an interview for this article:

“Growing up, I learned to fake a phone call to my parents to feel safer and avoid harassment. I learned to wear not the clothes I wanted, but the clothes that made me feel ‘safe.’ I learned to take quick detours during my daily commute. And I learned to put up with the impotence I felt when harassed.”

Her experiences motivated her to conduct a study on street harassment that was published in January in Salud Pública de México, a journal published by Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health.

In this study, Campos and colleagues surveyed 952 women who were seeking health care in Mexico City’s community health clinics. More than 60 percent of the women, 62.8 percent, reported experiencing at least one form of street harassment in the past month alone. For one in four women, 26.8 percent, the abuse was physical.

The study found that the harassment, or fear of harassment, had negative impacts on the daily routines of these women. Nearly 70 percent reported some type of disruptions in their mobility, including missing, being late to or having to change jobs or schools. And yet, Campos said, “The costs and consequences of street harassment to women’s lives have remained invisible.”

The study also found that street harassment may diminish women’s sense of connectedness and trust in their community. Social isolation from one’s community can have long-term implications for well-being and can lead to chronic disease and poor mental health. Therefore, street harassment may contribute to these other public health concerns.

For the women in this study who were also victims of intimate partner violence, violence is a threat in both public and private. Jhumka Gupta, a global and community health professor at George Mason University and senior author of the study, stated: “Comprehensive interventions are needed to ensure women and girls’ safety both in public settings and in private spaces.”

Emerging solutions

There is some political will to address the issue in Mexico City. In conjunction with local authorities, UN Women has launched the program “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls,” which is promoting women’s safety through, among other mechanisms, providing women-only buses throughout the city.

The city’s mayor, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, is also supporting an initiative that distributes whistles to women that they can use when someone harasses them. The idea is to “break the silence” and bring attention to harassers.

Street harassment is a common problem in the United States too. A recent nationally representative survey found that 65 percent of U.S. women have faced street harassment at some point in their lifetimes. These numbers may be rising.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that there has been a post-election uptick of harassment and intimidation of many marginalized groups, including women. However, in February a new bill aimed at preventing street harassment in Washington, D.C. was introduced to its city council. It seeks to “eradicate street harassment in the District of Columbia through education, awareness, data collection and culture change.” The bill is broad and inclusive in its definition of street harassment and comprehensive in its approach. Will other cities follow its lead?

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.