Written by Kimberly Quitzon, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Everyday, women run the risk of being sexually assaulted as they walk down the street. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “nearly 1 in 5 women reported experiencing rape at sometime in their lives.”
Hollaback, an organization fighting to end street harassment, made a video of a woman being catcalled as she walks quietly down the streets of New York. The video has recently gone viral and reveals the many remarks women hear on a daily basis. However, the video has been looked at as a joke with parodies and doubts of its accuracy. Yet, most women agree that the street harassment should be stopped, but feel hopeless that it ever will.
“Catcalling is disrespectful to women, yet nobody does anything about it,” Carla Canas, a student at Hollywood High School said. The 17 year old, who walks to school everyday, expressed the threat men have on women. Carla continued to say “catcalling sometimes leads to rape and with that mindset, a woman may have that in the back of her head so she’s obviously going to be scared.”
It is hard to say whether it is possible to end catcalling however there are actions that can be taken. Teaching boys when they are young about what is appropriate and inappropriate will create a generation of men that know how to properly approach women.
Another way to end this is to talk about it, bringing awareness on how to respect women and letting men know catcalling is wrong will make the streets a safer place to walk.