Catcalling and Verbal Abuse


According to a 2020 survey by children’s charity Plan International UK, 1 in 5 girls have experienced street harassment during lockdown, that’s 19% of girls aged 14-21 years. Just let that sink in.

Rose Caldwell, CEO of Plan International UK says: “We know that girls are subject to harassment in all areas of life, yet these shocking statistics show that even a national lockdown is not enough to prevent perpetrators carrying out this abuse. Girls are still getting catcalled and harassed when they venture outside for their daily exercise, for essentials or even to work – so much so that some do not feel safe walking alone outside at all. And it’s making them feel ashamed, angry and frightened.

Street harassment is not OK.

Click the images below to read the full stories.

CONTENT WARNING Please note that this website contains quotes and recollections relating to incidents of street harassment and assault. If you prefer not to view this content, please stay on this page and avoid going into the individual artwork pages which contain more detailed accounts.

“He rode past yelling.”

Cross stitch and crochet by Katya Lawder & Joe Booth

“A man slowed down his truck, leaned out the window.”

Crochet by Norma Foulds

A group of lads in a car shouted obscene things at me.”

Punch needle rug by Kate Doran

“He carried on looking at me and I stuck my finger up at him.”

3D Print by Catherine Mugonyi

“A man leaned out and shouted.”

3D Print by Catherine Mugonyi

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