A group called Hollaback! sponsored a video recently, which features a woman/actress walking through New York City for 10 hours to see the type of reactions she’d get from men.
During the clip, which has racked up over 8.6 million views to date, she is gawked and hit on by men over 100-plus times. It was created as a PSA to raise awareness around the harassment women receive in a daily basis.
Since it’s gone viral, the actress (Shoshana Roberts) is now being harassed online, receiving rape and even death threats.
“Unfortunately, the behavior that we see on the streets, we also see online,”H ollaback! executive director Emily MayMay told the New York Daily News. “We were horrified by what we were seeing but we weren’t shocked. It’s part of the culture. It’s part of something we’re looking to change the root cause of so people aren’t harrassing on the streets and on the Internet.”