What is Street Harassment?

According to StopViolenceAgainstWomen.org street harassment is quite simply, “unwelcome or unwanted verbal, non-verbal, physical or visual conduct based on sex or of a sexual nature which occurs with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person.”


Examples of street harassment can include:

·       Comments about someone’s appearance, gender, sexual orientation, etc

·       Vulgar Gestures

·       Sexually Explicit Comments (e.g., “Hey baby, I’d like a piece of that”)

·       Leering

·       Whistling

·       Barking

·       Kissing Noises

·       Following someone

·       Flashing someone or exposing oneself

·       Blocking someone’s path

·       Sexual touching or grabbing (e.g., touching someone’s legs, breasts or butt)

·       Public masturbation


Golden Rule: harassment is not about what the perpetrator intends but how the person on the receiving end feels. Anything that makes you feel ashamed, humiliated, frightened, or uncomfortable is harassment.