Street harassment in Chicago: What the unwanted attention can mean to the victims

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CHICAGO -- From whistles to shouts and sexual comments, street harassment comes in many forms, and the person at the receiving end of the harassment can experience everything from disgust to humiliation and fear.

“Street harassment is any kind of unsolicited speech between strangers in public places,” said Laura Beth Nielsen, Director of Legal Studies at Northwestern University. “It’s just one of the many ways that people seek to reinforce these hierarchies of race, class, and gender.”

In tonight’s Cover Story, WGN’S Gaynor Hall talks to Nielsen and several Chicago women who are spreading awareness about this disrespectful and unwanted attention.

Watch the YouTube video mentioned in the story:

Street Harassers Getting Caught Catcalling Their Own Mothers


More info:

Hollaback! Chicago

Courage Campaign: CTA

Stop Street Harassment

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  • ChicagoCommonSense

    Ridiculous made up story for these women to get attention. I NEVER have heard catcalling in Chicago…and certainly not on CTA. More delusional girls screaming “look at me!”

    • vantvan

      Seriously… You are the delusional…just because you haven’t seen or heard it, does not mean it doesn’t exist…as a person who has been harassed and embarrassed by cat calling in Chicago, the south suburbs or wherever I may go since the age of 15, it is highly humiliating and disrespectful! These women aren’t looking for attention and neither was I! They simply want to bring attention to “boys” (not men) who have absolutely no respect for the female gender…. This “whistle blowing” needs to happen more across the globe…. We are not play things or a sexual object put on this Earth to entertain men….. When will ppl when your mindset ever learn…….

  • marxmarvelous

    Funny how none of the professional victims interviewed here are even remotely pretty. The one almost started crying on camera likeep Glenn Beck. Pathetic cry for attention and subversive attempt to undermine free speech.

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