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Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence

by Hal Slaunwhite

Rebecca Faria, organizer of Hollaback! Halifax, speaking to the crowd. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Dee Dooley marching with the crowd [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Deirdre Lee performing spoken word on Spring Garden Road. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Deidre Lee at Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Rebecca Faria performing some slam poetry at Cats Glare Back at Street Harassment and Sexual Violence. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]
Final Slam Poet performance by Des Adams. [Photo: S. Slaunwhite]

K'JIPUKTUK (Halifax) –Haligonians hollered back at street harassment on Saturday, September 27th.

Community members took to the street on their bicycles, roller skates, motorcycles, and on foot to show their support for victims and survivors of street harassment and sexualized violence at Rolling Revolution! Cats Glare Back at Sexual Street Harassment and Sexual Violence, an event organized by the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and Hollaback! Halifax.

A flyer including information on street harassment was handed out to attendees.

In this flyer, the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre explains what street harassment is: unwelcome words and actions by unknown persons in public places that invade an individual’s physical and emotional space in a disrespectful, startling, scary, bothering, or insulting way and are often motivated by gender.

The flyer also included a statistic stating that more than 87% of women in Canada have experienced street harassment, and that this behaviour is mostly unreported and culturally accepted.

Cats Glare Back included speeches and slam poetry from individuals motivated to end street harassment and sexual violence.

 

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