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What’s the best way to respond to street harassment?

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The Susquehanna University Women's Studies Program held its second annual Chalk the Walk event for International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Students and faculty wrote anti-street harassment messages in chalk on the main walkway through campus. Paul Weaver / Weaver Photography/Flickr

Picture this: You're walking down the street, minding your own business, when a complete stranger yells to you from the other sidewalk. Maybe the person tells you you're beautiful, maybe the person asks you out, or maybe the person just tells you to have a nice day. "Catcalling," as it is known colloquially, is an issue that women probably deal with more often than men, but it doesn't make it any less annoying when it happens.

This week, a video went viral on the web and social media that called attention to the issue. Viral video creator Rob Bliss teamed up with actress Shoshana B. Roberts to find out just how many "catcalls" a woman would get while walking around the streets of New York City. Bliss strapped a hidden camera to his back and walked around the Big Apple with Roberts following him, dressed in jeans and a crew neck t-shirt, as the original video explains. Roberts and Bliss walked around for 10 hours, which resulted in Roberts receiving over 100 "catcalls," according to the video. It also encourages viewers to donate to a campaign called "Hollaback," which hopes to end street harassment.

How often does this happen to you? When it happens, do you say something back to the person or do you just ignore him or her? Is there a line between a friendly greeting in passing and a "catcall?"

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