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

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More info:

Hollaback! Chicago

Courage Campaign: CTA

Stop Street Harassment


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