We have set up The Bristol Street Harassment Project to highlight the impact of street harassment locally and support people to respond and be active bystanders. We also work with local decision makers to address street harassment as a city and encourage people to report gender/misogyny as a hate crime.
What is gender-based street harassment?
Bristol Zero Tolerance understands gender-based harassment as unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and directed at them because of their real or perceived gender (whether male, female or non-binary).
At the core of this kind of harassment is a power dynamic that constantly reminds historically subordinated groups of their vulnerability to violence in public spaces and also reinforces the sexual objectification of these groups in everyday life.
Street harassment includes: unwanted leering, sexist, homophobic, biphobic or transphobic slurs, persistent requests for someone’s name, number or destination after they’ve said no, sexual names, comments and demands, following, flashing, public masturbation, groping, sexual assault, rape and hate crimes.
What can you do?
We want to support you to report incidents of street harassment to help us build a picture of the problem in Bristol and take action to challenge these behaviours and attitudes. Whether you want to report to the Police, map it, or develop ways to respond safely, we’re here to support you.
Online Mapping: community safety audit
Take part in our community safety audit to record any incidents and create a picture of street harassment across the city.
Click on the yellow button to record incidents – give them a title e.g. ‘whistled at in the park’, add a description and locate them on the map, then use the categories to let us know if it happened to you or if you were a witness, and if it happened in the day or at night. You can also let us know if there is anything that would make you feel safer.
Please include your demographic information, such as your gender, race or ethnicity, and your age e.g. ‘Cis Woman, White, 28’. This information will not be public on your post.
Find out more and download our Street Harassment Toolkit:
You can report harassment to the police as a gender/misogyny hate crime if you want to or add any incidents to our local online map.
Find out about creative responses to harassment if you feel safe to.
Find out how you can be an active bystander if you witness harassment.
Watch personal testimonies of experiences of street harassment in Bristol and news reports on the introduction of the new gender/misogyny hate crime category in October 2017.
#snapshotofharassment local survey
Support Bristol Zero Tolerance
As an individual you can spread the word about the initiative and encourage your workplace, educational institution or other organisations to sign up to the Bristol Zero Tolerance pledge and take action. In order to eradicate gender-based violence, we need to have a shared understanding, approach and commitment.
You can also invite us to speak or run workshops for your organisation to tell them more about the initiative and what it means to be a Zero Tolerance organisation. Get in touch to find out more.