Friday November 24th 2017
Know the Line!
With support from Sheffield BID, a new campaign – Know the Line – was launched today to help people understand more about what sexual harassment means
In the last few weeks it’s been difficult to read the papers, listen to the news or engage with social media without learning about the harassment and abuse – Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood, Terry Richardson in fashion, allegations of abuse and harassment at the BBC, sexual harassment within the corridors of power in Westminster and online comments.
Reports by groups such as Girl Guiding and personal stories online show that harassment is something that women of all ages and backgrounds experience.
A year ago, long before all the recent issues of the last few months came to light, women and men at an event in Sheffield decided to start a campaign on the issue of harassment experienced by women, a campaign they named Safer Streets.
One strand of the campaign is Know the Line which aims to highlight the issue of harassment of women in public spaces, to challenge perpetrators and bystanders, and encourage and empower those on the receiving end to realise that they do not have to accept it, that they can report it and challenge when safe to do so.
The campaign has involved lots of different partners, the Women’s Equality Party Sheffield branch, the Women’s sector in Sheffield, South Yorkshire Police, secondary school students and now their school as well, Reclaim the Night through Sheffield University Students Union, Unight and Ask for Angela amongst others, as well as some interested individuals. Sheffield BID has provided initial funding to start the campaign.
Visit www.knowtheline.org.uk for details.Share this article