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Empowering the Bystander

A clever campaign based on the notion that many bystanders choose not to intervene when they see street harassment because they assume that the person being harassed is somehow complimented by it. These videos, created by a community in Chicago with funding from Stop Street Harassment, attempt to show people how ridiculous that notion is. Empowering bystanders by raising awareness that street harassment is not welcome the vast majority of the time not only helps decrease incidence of street harassment, but also helps create more trusting, responsible community members who can rely on one another in times of need.

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Stop Street Harassment provides a wealth of resources on their website, including  a 'Know Your Rights: Street Harassment and the Law' guidebook to sample strategies, harassment cards and clever handouts to give to a harasser caught in the act.

SSH has mentoring pilot projects going on right now in Kabul, Afghanistan; Buea, Cameroon; and Chicago, USA to understand how issues, needs and ideas differ by community and how solutions can be adapted for different urban contexts. And with Meet us on the Street, they help organize an annual Anti-Street Harassment Week (this year March 30 - April 5).

Would more aware, more courageous bystanders make a difference in street harassment in your community?

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Wow, thats so innovative. Thanks for sharing