For some people, street harassment is an everyday occurrence. It can be such a common part of our lives to be hollered at and made uncomfortable as we go about our days that it can be difficult to imagine anything that can be done about the persistent problem besides small actions like confronting or ignoring our harassers.
To offer a bigger picture perspective, this week the nonprofit Stop Street Harassment released a “Know Your Rights” toolkit, a state-by-state breakdown of laws that can be applied to street harassment, including laws the prohibit “unwanted sexual behaviors in public spaces, including, but not limited to, obscene comments, flashing, up-skirt photos, following, and groping.” Stop Street Harassment released the toolkit on Tuesday, Dec. 10, to coincide with the United Nation’s Human Rights Day.
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