Standing Up Against Street Harassment
September 6, 2008
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone
It doesn’t just occur when women pass by a construction site or a group of men hanging out in front of a store. Simply by walking down the street or being in ANY public place, women can be subject to behavior that ranges from the merely annoying to the downright terrifying. Men give us unwanted compliments, whistle at us, make catcalls and sexually-explicit comments. They block our path, stand too close, fondle, grope and rub up against us on busses, subways, elevators, in parks, at beaches and dance clubs. More frightening, they expose themselves or masturbate in front of us, and, in the extreme, follow us around or threaten us with violence and rape. It’s called Street Harassment and it happens pretty much all over the world. On today’s show, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone interviews Laura Beth Nielson, author of License to Harass, and Brittany Shoot, from the anti-harassment organization HollabackBoston, and offers ways to safely “holla back” at harassers.
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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!
Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.
Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.