Street Harassment Ends Now

Street Harassment Ends Now

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Cassandra Correa started this petition to Mayor of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

Street harassment has been an issue that affects millions of people everywhere for many years, and only recently has it been given legal and social attention to in our society. It is indeed sexual harassment, and it can happen in any public space, including the streets, public transportation, malls, theaters, stores, restaurants, etc.

More women experience harassment than men because of the power complex that male harassers hold over women, causing women to feel unsafe in the city, become anxious, change their habits, routes, or choices in clothing, and can even lead to them moving entirely. However, many are not aware that it is illegal here in New York City, nor are they aware of the fine that can climb to approximately $250,000. As a result, women do not report their harassers, and harassers feel as though they can safely get away with it. Unfortunately, a common misconception on street harassment is that certain forms of street harassment (catcalling, whistling, etc) are compliments. However, a woman’s body is not entertainment, nor is it public space for unwanted comments of any kind.

To help solve and increase awareness on the issue of street harassment in New York City, I recommend that the city of New York implements anti-harassment counseling alongside the fine for harassers. This will ensure that harassers are made aware of their wrongdoings and prevent further harassment from offenders. I have written to Mayor Bill de Blasio about this proposed policy change.

I also recommend instating mandatory lessons in New York City health classes on the dangers and illegality of street harassment. This will enable many youths to become aware of the serious issue street harassment is and the many lives it affects. Educating young people on this issue will prevent future harassment and allow people to feel safe in reporting it. I have contacted the New York City Department of Education on this implementation, referring to a recent law passed in Washington, D.C., the Street Harassment Prevention Act of 2018 (SHPA). With your help and support, we can make New York City a safer and more comfortable place for many people.

For more information, check out my website at https://endstreetharassment.weebly.com/ 

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