Statement of support from Hollaback UK
On Friday 8th March, the NUS (National Union of Students) released their research “That’s what she said, women students experiences of “lad culture in higher education”. Read the report They found that “Sexual harassment and violence were also very much related to ‘lad culture’. This included verbal harassment and ‘catcalling’, as well as physical harassment and sexual molestation. Groping in nightclubs was viewed by some as part of a ‘normal’ night out”.
Hollaback UK welcomes the report, and believes that by making these experiences visible, we can begin to do something about it. We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and that our streets, universities, clubs, bars, bus stops and nightclubs should be free from sexual harassment.
We’re working hard to change some of the attitudes that underpin these behaviours. In our work, we often hear that street harassment is just “banter” and that it doesn’t mean anything. But it does. It means that women and members of the LGBTQI community are made to feel scared, intimidated, undermined and threatened. It means that for many people their right to freedom of movement is restricted, their bodies are under constant surveillance and sexual assault is passed off as regular part of life. This isn’t ok.
Whether we’re working with clubs, like Hollaback London, with students, like Hollaback Edinburgh, or with universities like Hollaback Birmingham and Hollaback Sheffield, building networks with institutions like West Yorkshire Hollaback, we’re fighting against sexual harassment in public spaces everyday.
We know that street harassment isn’t banter; it’s not normal, it’s not ok. Hollaback UK has the power to end street harassment, join us today. We’ve got your back.