Let’s get this straight. Harassment is never okay. Yet, 70 – 99% of women globally have experienced it. So, what do you do if it happens? There’s no right or wrong way to respond when you are being harassed.
SACHA, The Immigrant Women’s Centre and Unpack have teamed up to bring you ‘Stand Up to Street Harassment,’ a graphic for you to share, print, post, hang, and distribute around your neighbourhood.
What is Street Harassment?
“Street harassment, or sexual harassment in public spaces, occurs when people are targeted or discriminated against based on their identity, which includes gender, race, socio-economic status, status in Canada, and sexual orientation,” according to Stop Street Harassment.
Many people consider street harassment a normal part of being a woman or racialized person.
Street harassment is often an invisible problem. It is often not talked about or is dismissed as a compliment, a minor annoyance, a joke, or the fault of the harassed person. It is none of those things.
It limits people’s – especially women’s – safety and ability to access and participate in public spaces.
Erin Crickett works as Public Education Coordinator at SACHA and coordinates Hamilton’s annual rally against sexual violence, Take Back the Night.