Street Harassment: Know Your Rights

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:15 AM
Author: DLA Piper and Thomson Reuters Foundation for Hollaback!
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Street harassment affects the safety and wellbeing of women and LGBTQ people worldwide. It can take many forms, including catcalling, groping or stalking, and leads to fear and intimidation. Global research shows that a majority of women have endured this form of gender-based violence.

Hollaback! is a movement to end street harassment powered by a network of local activists around the world. The guide will be used to help victims of street harassment understand their legal rights, whether those rights have been violated and what action they can take.

Street Harassment: Know Your Rights identifies relevant laws related to street harassment and outlines the legal recourse available to victims in 36 jurisdictions: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, USA (Atlanta, Athens, Baltimore, Berkeley, Chicago, Columbia (MO), Jacksonville (NC), Minneapolis and St. Paul, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Virginia).

In each location, the guide provides an overview of answers to key questions, including: Is street harassment against the law? How should street harassment be reported? What is likely to happen to the person I complain about?

This Guide was produced for Hollaback! by TrustLaw in partnership with DLA Piper and a number of other law firms and in-house corporate legal teams.