Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hollering Back Against Street Harassment: What It Is and Some Simple Things We Can Do About It! Upcoming Crime Prevention 101 Radio Show

Crime Prevention 101 with Susan Bartelstone
Upcoming Show: June 10, 2010 @ 8pm eastern
Listen here or on iTunes.

"It doesn't just occur when women pass by a construction site or a group of men hanging out in front of a store. Simply by being in ANY public place, women can be subjected to behavior that ranges from the merely annoying (catcalls, whistles, references to body parts) to the downright terrifying (men exposing themselves or masturbating in public; being followed around by them; threats of violence or rape).

It's called street harassment and it happens pretty much all over the world.

This week, I'm starting off the show by interviewing Holly Kearl, author of the upcoming book Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women for a definitive look at this problem.

She runs the website Stop Street Harassment and the companion blog where peoplefrom around the world submit their street harassment stories and where she discussesstreet harassment in the news.

Next, I'll be talking with Chai Shenoy and Shannon Lynberg, co-founders of Holla Back DC which is part of the worldwide grassroots Holla Back organization that aims to empower people to build a community free from public sexual harassment and assault.

Trust me, they offer a very unique way to effectively "holla back" at your harassers.

And, last but not least, you'll learn some awareness and prevention skills and simple verbal responses to street harassment with self defense instructor Lauren Taylor, from the DC-based Defend Yourself self defense group, that'll increase your chances of staying safe in these situations.

Lauren tells me that most of these skills can be transferred to other irritating, offensive or dangerous situations in the rest of life."

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