NEW YORK (PIX11) — A new PSA is determined to shed light on street harassment, the many forms it comes in and the lasting effects it has on individuals.
Hollaback!, an organization dedicated to ending street harassment, released a video showing what a woman goes through while walking through the streets of New York City.
Actress Shoshanna Roberts, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, walked silently through different neighborhoods for 10 hours, as a hidden camera recorded the endless catcalls she received.
Roberts endured taunts by countless men, that ranged from “smile” to one man following her, asking why shouldn’t wouldn’t talk to him.
Another man silently walked beside her for 5 minutes.
“I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t. I’m harassed by white men, black men, Latino men,” Roberts said.
“Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.”
Roberts experienced over 100 instances of verbal harassment, and countless winks and whistles during her walk through the city.
“We envision a world where street harassment is not tolerated and where we all enjoy equal access to public spaces,” Hollaback! says on their website.