Telling your experiences with street harassment is an incredibly bold act. We admire the people that have the strength to do it, and we want their experience to be 100% empowering. Too often survivors of sexual violence do not get the respect they deserve. That culture stops here, with our short & badass comments policy.
1. No woulda coulda shoulda. Keep any advice you have for what the person should have done in the situation to yourself. We know you’re just trying to help, but street harassment has a way of filling folks with self doubt and they don’t need your encouragement.
2. No hater language. If you feel a desire to want to leave a comment along the lines of “you deserve it,” or “you’re a bitch/slut/ho” try slapping some sense into yourself instead, ’cause we’re not listening to (or posting) that nonsense.
3. Debate ideas, not people’s lives. If we post an idea or a concept on the site that you don’t like, tell us about it. If we post someone’s personal experience on the site that you don’t like, too bad. We think they’re awesome.
Appropriate comments may:
- Let posters know they are not alone.
- Tell posters you’re glad they shared their stories.
- Tell posters their story opened your eyes to the reality of street harassment.
- Tell posters they gave you a great new ideas.
- Introduce relevant resources.
Now that you know how to be supportive in your comments, go forth and let the brave people who’ve shared their stories know that you have their back! Click the green button, then leave an encouraging comment.