Target: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Goal: Build a public awareness campaign against street harassment in NYC
Street harassment in New York City is a real threat for women and the LGBTQ community. Just recently, two gay couples were assaulted and beaten in front of New York City’s Madison Square Garden, and the amount of women who are assaulted daily on public transport and throughout the streets of the city are too numerous to even make the newspapers.
Street harassment is the catalyst for this type of violence, and it is widely tolerated by the people of New York City, who frequently turn the blame back on the victims. It escalates to assault and violence so quickly because it is never a “compliment,” no matter what the words being shouted or whispered may be. It is a power play, an assertion of authority by complete strangers over another person’s autonomy.
Street harassment is illegal in the city of New York, and is it the responsibility of lawmakers and law enforcement to ensure the safety of their citizens. Very often when confronted, men who commit street harassment are not even aware of the implications of it. An awareness campaign is absolutely necessary to educate citizens of New York City not only on their own individual rights to walk in peace without fear of harassment, but to alert them to the implications of their actions should they choose to harass people on the street.
Please sign this petition to encourage Mayor Bloomberg to build an awareness campaign against street harassment.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
Street harassment in New York City is a serious problem for women and the LGBTQ community, and it very frequently escalates quickly into physical violence and assault. It is your responsibility as the mayor of this city to work towards the safety and well being of all citizens.
Please establish funding for an awareness campaign to be featured in subways, city streets, and other public areas that would inform the population of their rights against street harassment, the illegality of street harassment, and the ultimate implications of harassing others on the street. We must stand in support of women and the LGBTQ community in resisting and preventing street harassment, so that we can all walk and live in peace.
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