Victims of catcalls and other street harassment in the District are slated to have the opportunity tomorrow to tell the D.C. Council what they’ve endured in their neighborhoods.
Councilmember Brianne Nadeau of Ward 1 is looking for locals who can share their street harassment stories publicly in the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) at 10 a.m. on Thursday. D.C. residents interested in participating in the Council hearing should call or email Judiciary Committee director Kate Mitchell as soon as possible.
Many locals have faced street harassment, including “vulgar remarks, heckling, insults, innuendo, stalking, leering, fondling, indecent exposure, and other forms of public humiliation, often focused on the individual’s perceived gender, gender identity, race or ethnicity, or disability,” Nadeau wrote on her website.
“In a first for the D.C. Council, a hearing this week will focus on street harassment in the District and provide an opportunity for residents to share their stories and discuss possible solutions,” she wrote. “I have worked hard to advocate for this hearing and I invite residents to testify.”
The hearing will stream live online.
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