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Anti-Street Harassment Campaign

Posted on the 15 April 2011 by Cilaw

Support the good work of the UK Anti-Street Harassment Campaign (ASH).

About the UK A.S.H. Campaign

Beginning life as the London Anti Street Harassment Campaign, ASH is a collective of UK volunteers who have all experienced street harassment.

Whether it’s on our way to work, school, to the supermarket or on a night out, we know that women are subject to street harassment, many feeling intimidated, offended and/or afraid.

Sometimes the perpetrators think they are being complimentary, and unwittingly cause the woman in question distress. But more often than not, the perpetrators deliberately intimidate and offend women – often simply to get a laugh from their mates. Unfortunately, many women are told that this harassment is a fact of life, to ignore it, or to take it as a compliment!

We don’t think this is fair. First and foremost, it’s a matter of personal safety. Secondly, it’s a matter of respect for women.

This campaign aims to highlight the issue of street harassment, open it up to public debate and to educate both men and women. We’d like men to understand the negative impact of their actions, and women to politely but firmly stand up for themselves.

We believe it needs to become socially unacceptable for a woman to be harassed in the street – you can read our specific campaign aims here.

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