Your public library is helping to end street harassment

6 Dec

Your local libraries are where you go to surf the web, check out books, do a little research, borrow dvds, and meet up with friends. And if your local library is one of 27 Pima County Public Libraries in Southern Arizona, then you can also go to it to find resources about and safety from street harassment.

As of last month, all Pima County Public Libraries are now designated SAFE STREETS AZ Safe Sites. If you are being harassed, followed, or feel unsafe then you can enter a Safe Site location and receive short-term safety and resources. This might look like somewhere to hang out until you feel safe enough to leave, or while you call the SACASA crisis line or 911 (in emergency situations). At each location you will also find SAFE STREETS wallet cards, and staff members working at a designated Safe Site have been trained to provide and understand these resources.

While you’re at your local library, use the computer to Share Your Story and to find more resources about responses to street harassment, safety, and ways to get involved in the movement to end harassment.

For a list of Safe Site locations, visit the Google Map (Safe Sites are indicated by gold stars). Similar stars in sticker form can be found on the windows and doors of all of our Safe Sites to make it even easier for you to find safety and resources.

Thank you, Pima County Public Libraries and their amazing staff, for partnering with us to help end street harassment!

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