The challenges of collecting data on where people do and don’t feel safe.
People who regularly experience street harassment learn to navigate public spaces nimbly, but with anxiety. They might reconfigure their commutes or slip headphones in their ears to look like they can’t hear catcalls or whistles.
A new street harassment reporting app aims to help users log unwanted encounters by monitoring incidents in real time and submitting them to their council member. At the same time, though, it raises questions about the definition of “street harassment” and who determines how it should be punished, if at all.
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