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WHY SHOUTING BACK?

Since the Everyday Sexism Project was launched in April 2012, it has collected over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality, harassment, discrimination and sexual violence.

we know that gender-based violence and inequality very often go unreported

A common theme that came up again and again was that in a wide variety of different situations, victims of harassment, assault or discrimination were unaware of their rights, how they could report what had happened should they feel able to, or what support was available to them. From sexual assault at university to maternity discrimination in the workplace, we know that gender-based violence and inequality very often go unreported.

In many cases this is for good reason, and the choice of whether or not to report is always the survivor’s alone. There is no right or wrong response to harassment or assault, we have to stop it from happening in the first place. But for those who do want to take action, or simply reach out for support, there seems to be a great deal of confusion over what options they have.

WHAT IS SHOUTING BACK?

This website brings together, for the first time, a comprehensive overview of legal rights, reporting options, support organisations and more for a wide range of different experiences and situations, inspired by the testimonies shared with Everyday Sexism.

Alongside the shocking experiences related on the Project website, it also became clear that many people were sharing their own individual, powerful, funny, innovative ways of fighting back. From responses to catcalls to strategies to deal with workplace discrimination, this website also catalogues these success stories, for support and inspiration – and with the particular aim of encouraging bystanders to take action when they witness harassment or discrimination.

Links for statistics above:

EHRC, 2015
EOC, 2005
Home Office and Ministry of Justice, 2013
NUS, Hidden Marks Survey, 2010

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