A woman walking the streets of New York City experienced more than 100 instances of verbal harassment during a 10-hour stroll and is now the subject of rape threats after a video of her walk was posted online.
All 108 catcalls were recorded by a hidden camera embedded in the backpack of the person walking in front of aspiring actress Shoshana Roberts.
The camera captured all of the times men said "Damn", "Nice" and "How you doing?" as well as a leering man who walked beside her for more than five minutes. The edited video doesn't include numerous other winks and whistles directed at Roberts, who wore jeans and a simple black T-shirt on her stroll.
The video was produced by Hollaback!, a group working to eliminate street harassment and intimidation, in collaboration with Rob Bliss Creative. Bliss reached out to Hollaback! in August, after he was inspired by his girlfriend, Kendal Pektas, who is frequently the target of harassment when she’s walking the streets.
"I'm harassed when I smile and I'm harassed when I don't," Roberts said in a statement.
"I'm harassed by white men, black men, Latino men. Not a day goes by when I don't experience this."
The video, which was posted Tuesday, had been viewed almost 1.2 million times by Wednesday morning. More than 26,000 viewers left comments, many suggesting Roberts’ attire attracted the catcalls, and noting that her 10 hours of walking were edited down to a video that lasts just two minutes.
Soon after the clip was uploaded Tuesday, Roberts was threatened online.
The subject of our PSA is starting to get rape threats on the comments. Can you help by reporting them? http://t.co/NMYCFd9YOm— Hollaback! (@iHollaback) October 28, 2014
The plea is working as Newsday reported Hollaback! said the community is reporting the threats and they are being removed from YouTube.
"The rape threats indicate that we are hitting a nerve," Hollaback! director Emily May told Newsday. "We want to do more than just hit a nerve though, we want New Yorkers to realize – once and for all – that street harassment isn't OK, and that as a city we refuse to tolerate it."