Every Woman's War

Every Woman's War

[OPINION] Kristin Braswell explores the daily nightmare of catcalling, groping and 'hollering' that makes leaving the house a nightmare for women and girls each day

Kristin Braswell

by Kristin Braswell, September 17, 2012

Every Woman's War

Women should be able to wear whatever they want, walk out in public and not fear being harassed. 

Photo courtesy of AP

heal unless we take a look at how it got there in the first place. If you witness a woman being mentally or physically violated, speak up. It is far more powerful to defend what is right than ignore it. If you are a parent raising a young man, teach them how to respect their counterparts by leading by example and having open, candid conversations about how they can verbalize their emotions and impulses in a respectful way. If you are a teacher, implement sexual harassment education into your curriculum. Our children need a new model of communication. If you are a woman, consider taking a self-defense class and organizing an escort service in your community. These are the precautions we must take to keep ourselves safe.

Ultimately, a woman should be able to wear whatever she wants, walk out in public and not fear being harassed. Sadly, this is not always the case. Despite this fact, I do not believe it is impossible for us to take the steps necessary to stop public harassment. I refuse to believe it is impossible because a woman’s very life may be at risk.

This truth should be enough for us all to be vocal about street harassment, and willing to do whatever it takes to make it safe for a woman to simply walk down the street, unharmed.

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