Public street harassment is a pervasive issue that affects individuals of all genders, ages, and backgrounds. This form of harassment includes unwanted comments, gestures, and actions in public spaces, making victims feel unsafe and uncomfortable. 
Public street harassment can manifest in various forms, such as catcalling, lewd comments, unwanted advances, or intrusive stares. It's crucial to recognize these behaviours and understand that no one should have to endure them. Awareness is the first step in addressing the issue and working towards creating a respectful environment.
Below are a few safety tips if and when you do face public street harassment:
Trust Your Instincts
If you ever feel uncomfortable or threatened in a public space, trust your instincts. Your feelings are valid, and your safety is a top priority. It's okay to remove yourself from the situation, seek help if needed, or take other actions to ensure your wellbeing.
Speak Up and Set Boundaries
In the face of harassment, don't hesitate to assert yourself. Clearly and confidently express that the behaviour is unacceptable. Use strong and assertive language to set boundaries, signalling that you will not tolerate such actions. Remember, your voice has power, and standing up for yourself can deter harassers.
Document and Report
If you experience public street harassment, consider documenting the incident by taking note of the time, location, and any relevant details. If you feel safe doing so, take a photo or video to provide evidence. Reporting incidents to the police, university security, or on Report + Support can contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the issue and help implement preventive measures.
Seek Support
Public harassment is an unfortunate reality. If you do come across this and are in an emergency phone the police on 999, in non-emergency situations dial 101. Learn more about ways to get support here.  The Advice Place is run by the Student's Association and is a third party crime reporting site. If you are a victim of a crime, they can support you. Please see here for more information.
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