Tag Archives: Street harassment

Street Harassment is illegal in AZ

15 Oct

Did you know that harassment is illegal? We’ve paraphrased the law, and given you the statute in case you want to look it up:
ARS 13-2921: Contacts anyone (verbally, written, or electronically) in a manner that harasses; follows someone around after being asked to stop; or commits a harassing act. The statute defines “harassment” as actions that would alarm or annoy a reasonable person, and are directed at a specific person.
Other statutes prohibit threats and intimidation that a person will be physically hurt (13-1202) and touching someone with the intent of injuring, insulting, or provoking them (13-1203, Assault)

Harassers are dangerous cowards

28 Sep

You’re having a great day. You’re going to class, or to work, or to hang out with friends. Someone yells an obscenity at you from a car, or sits down next to you and starts asking you personal questions, or grabs your clothes as you walk by. Why? Because they assume you can’t do anything about it. If they thought you could overpower them, they would leave you alone.

If you don’t think that public harassment would bother you, that is great. It really is. It probably means you’ve never experienced it, or at least never been frightened by it. That’s what we wish for everyone.

But if you do find it frightening, you’re not alone, and your fears are valid. The reality is that any response you make can escalate the situation. Harassers hate–not you, but who you represent to them–and that makes them dangerous. It’s not personal, but that doesn’t help when you’re the one they’re targeting.

We’d like public harassment to stop. Everyone would be safer. But until then, we’re here. We understand how harassment makes every public space feel dangerous. We’re here to offer support and compassion. We’re part of an international movement. And we’ve got your back.

“He asked if he could take me somewhere”

30 Aug

 8/18/12, 8pm, Stone and 17th, Tucson AZ: “I was walking home from downtown when a car honked at me as it passed and the driver called out the window. I made a gesture as he went past (I wanted to flip him off, but I had something in my hand). he made an abrupt u-turn and pulled up next to me and asked if he could take me somewhere. I was so angry and freaked, I just yelled “fuck off! fuck off!” at him. Luckily he drove away in the opposite direction. It spooked me because I live alone; what if he had decided to follow me, or threaten me? This kind of thing happens all the time in this neighborhood. The night before I was walking down 6th and was catcalled from a car speeding by. If I’m walking or on my bike, I get unsolicited comments from men all the time. I’ve seen it happen to other girls often too.” –Emily, 30

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