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New Research Reveals What We Already Knew: Sexual Harassment is Harmful

From a piece on Ravishly:

New research provides evidence that sexual harassment is, in fact, traumatizing for women—especially for those who have experienced sexual abuse […] The effects on the psyche, researchers found, are long-term, piling up slowly. Women who experienced frequent sexual harassment displayed signs of trauma and PTSD. Those who had a history with sexual abuse endured a greater degree of trauma, regardless of how often they were harassed. Many women reported body shame—feelings that, not surprisingly, paralleled those who suffer from an eating disorder.

Pretty much a “duh” moment for those of us who work in the field, but it’s good to see research confirming what many of us – and many women who have experienced sexual harassment – already know.

Read the rest of the piece here.

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News, Your Stories

A Survivor Shares Her Story [Trigger Warning]

Woman Speaks Out for First Time After Her Assault Went Viral

Elisa Lopez bravely shares her story

New York City, NY (15th December, 2014) – Two years ago, subway passenger Shasheem Smiley watched a man enter the subway, sit down next to a sleeping woman, put his hand up her skirt, and assault her. Smiley told The Gothamist “…When he started touching her that’s when I turned my camera on. My jaw dropped. I had never seen anything like this before.” The film went viral, however, despite the virality of the story, the woman in the video remained anonymous, until now. Today Elisa Lopez is coming forward with this video, telling her side of the story.

Lopez says, “My goal is to bring attention to how dangerous it is to be a bystander. I just want to tell my side of the story because all anyone saw was a drunken-skirt-wearing-Latina who ‘shouldn’t sleep on the train.’ I was a human being that was violated and no one bothered to intervene.”

The perpetrator is still at large, but today, Lopez has broken her silence and come forward with her account. She shares her story not only of what it was like to come to terms with her assault, but to have to contend with the eruption of media coverage that resulted in Smiley releasing his recording. Lopez didn’t know she had been assaulted until she saw the media explosion over the recording.

Lopez concludes the video to thank “anyone who has ever told their story because it gave me the strength to tell mine.” Hollaback!, the anti-street harassment organization mentioned at the end of the video, has collected over 8,000 stories of street harassment since their launch in 2005. Hollaback! has been working with Lopez over the past six months.

Emily May, executive director of Hollaback!, says, “What Eliza has done today in sharing her story is so powerful. We hear her, we believe her, and we are working alongside her to stand up to the harassment and assault so many New Yorkers face on a daily basis. While Eliza’s story is shocking, it is not unique. We all need to take a stand against street harassment and assault and work to make our streets safer for everyone.”

If you recognize Lopez’s assaulter, please contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-tips.

About Hollaback! : Hollaback! is a worldwide movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology.  By collecting women and LGBTQ folks’ stories and pictures in a safe and shareable way with our very own mobile phone applications, Hollaback! is creating a crowd-sourced initiative to end street harassment. Hollaback! breaks the silence that has perpetrated sexual violence internationally, asserts that any and all gender-based violence is unacceptable, and creates a world where we have an option—and, more importantly—a response.  Find out more at ihollaback.org

Trigger Warning: The video is very difficult to watch and may be triggering. If you need support and/or assistance, please contact one of the organizations listed on our local resources page.

 

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Responding to Street Harassment

Stop Street Harassment’s Holly Kearl and self-defense guru Lauren R. Taylor have written a blog post for Ms. Magazine discussing how to respond to street harassment. They talk about recent incidents of street harassment that have resulted in violence for those being harassed and/or bystanders. They offer three strategies for responding to harassment:

1. Talk directly to the harasser, telling him calmly what you want him to do (“Stop touching me,” or “That’s disrespectful. Don’t call me ‘baby.’”). Tell him what he’s doing that you don’t like (“You’re standing too close”) rather than characterizing him (“You’re such a creep.”). Avoid cursing, name-calling and put-downs.

Be prepared for him to call you names—something he may also do if you’re silent. Just call it a success if you’ve said what you want to say and feel safe walking away.

2. Enlist bystanders, either by directly asking for help, going to stand or walk with them, or yelling loudly. If you are a bystander, you can ask the target if she needs help, you can get others involved, you can join the target in speaking up to the harasser, and more.

3. Preempt harassment by humanizing yourself: Look at people on the street and greet them (“Hi, how’re you doing?”).

You can read the rest of the post here.

We’d love to hear from you in the comments. How have you responded to street harassment? What happened after you responded?

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New Resource: Reporting Police Harassment or Violence

Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC)  is a grass-roots, member-led organization building power in under-resourced communities and communities of colors across the Twin Cities. They’re currently doing a lot of work around the issues of economic justice and police brutality, and have created a Tumblr where they’re posting stories of police harassment and violence involving the Minneapolis Police Department. Check it out!

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