The actress who appeared in a video highlighting street harassment in New York City has received rape threats online, according to Hollaback, the organization which commissioned the short film.
The video, ’10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman’, was uploaded on Tuesday and has been viewed over a million times.
Shoshana B Roberts volunteered to be filmed secretly by a camera hidden in a backpack in front of her. The man carrying the backpack, Rob Bliss, came up with the idea after noticing the street harassment his girlfriend regularly faced.
Walking through the streets of the Big Apple in jeans and a crew-neck shirt, Roberts receives over 100 cat calls from various strangers she passes. Roberts does not respond to any of the men who shout at her. Many of them call “Nice”, “Damn” or “Sweetie”, while others hound Roberts to respond to them.
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Hollaback state that street harassment disproportionately impacts women, people of color, LGBT individuals and young people.
Shoshana said on Hollaback’s website, “I’m harassed when I smile and I’m harassed when I don’t. I’m harassed by white men, black men, latino men. Not a day goes by when I don’t experience this.”