During the 10th International Anti-Street Harassment Week organized by Stop Street Harassment last week, I published my blog highlighting the critical role of community care and accountability to tackle street harassment during COVID-19. As someone who has been in this anti-gender violence movement for a while, I was excited to continue this conversation and critical dialogue with my colleagues.
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is committed to preventing and ending all forms of gender violence, social injustice, inequities, and oppression that intersect race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status and so on.
So, during our staff meeting earlier this week”, I initiated our check in discussion with the question “If Street Harassment Didn’t Exist….”
I have been deeply moved and inspired by my colleagues’ powerful and hard-hitting responses shared below. Their vision of how our world will look like without street harassment reflected a sense of courage, vulnerability and resilience. Street harassment plays a huge unpleasant role in our lives and sadly, is .
Images and words have a powerful impact on us as audiences in terms of influencing our perceptions, attitudes, knowledge of, and reactions to social issues. Hence, our team creatively shared their vision using selfies, photos or videos.
As our staff member, Marsela Rojas- Salas beautifully articulated,
“If street harassment didn’t exist, then people of color, women of color, and trans and non-binary people of color could exist in peace. We could all walk, run, skate, roll, and move through the streets freely and unapologetically.”
“I would be able to enjoy the freedom to wear shorts, listen to music, and enjoy a nice run at my local trail without worry or fear.” -Claudia Sibaja
I would like to take this opportunity to urge our rape crisis centers, partner organizations, and our beloved community to reflect on this question and assess your vision. In fact, we would expand this question “if street harassment didn’t exist…” to “What would our world look like free of harassment, oppression and violence?”
Please respond to this by sharing your responses on your social media and tag us @CALCASA and use hashtags #AWorldWithoutSexualViolence #AWorldWithoutSexualHarasssment #IFStreetHarassmentDidntExist. We would love to hear from all of you!
Until then, take care of yourselves!