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22 Women Share Safety Tips To Deal With Street Harassment

22 Women Share Safety Tips To Deal With Street Harassment

"Walk toward an older woman and say, ‘Mom! A strange guy is hassling me.'"

Women are constantly concerned about their safety, therefore, they go the extra mile and do everything they can to help each other. Some women took to Twitter to post safety recommendations and tips that they've tried and tested over the years to keep anybody safe if they're being followed or harassed by a stranger. RetroCrone was the original poster of the viral thread. She presented a fantastic idea to young females in unsafe situations, encouraging them to approach older ladies and say, "Mom! A strange guy is hassling me. He won’t leave me alone.” 

Emily May, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Right To Be, described how pervasive harassment is and how to respond to it while speaking to Bored Panda. She said, "The 2021 study showed 80% of women have experienced street harassment. We're working with L'Oreal Paris to train 1 million people in bystander intervention to address street harassment. People can sign up for free training on our website." Right To Be is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending harassment in all of its forms and educating individuals on how to respond to, intervene in, and recover from harassment.

May emphasized the importance of remembering that being harassed or pursued by a stranger is not your fault. She said, "There is no such thing as a perfect response to harassment, it's their responsibility not to harass you. Taking time to find a sense of safety inside yourself, educate yourself about the issue, share your story, and learn how to intervene on behalf of others are all key parts of the healing journey." Following Retrocone's tweet, a number of women shared their own tips for women to stand up against harassment and protect themselves in all spaces. Following are 22 of these viral tips that can aid any individual to avoid street harassment and stand up against any violation of their rights.

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References:

https://twitter.com/RetroCrone/status/1487882350570708995?s=20&t=_We4Vziue-KYhLX7pfeeDA

https://www.boredpanda.com/women-followed-by-men-share-safety-tips/

https://www.standup-international.com/us/en/facts

https://www.facebook.com/righttobeorg/

Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Sinan Saglam