65 percent of women have experienced it
For most men, walking home alone after a night out is not a scary experience. But for women, its a dangerous proposition. In fact, a 2014 research study found that 65 percent of American women have experienced street harassment with 23 percent having been sexually touched, 20 percent followed, and nine percent forced into a sexual act. Although street harassment is an important issue for women’s safety, it’s rarely discussed, which is why a new video made by French filmmaker Maxime Gaudet is so necessary.
“Au bout de la rue (Court-métrage)” follows a young woman’s walk home after a night out with her friends in Paris. As she walks the seemingly-safe streets listening to music on her mobile phone, she is approached by a drunken man who tries to get her attention by screaming, “Stupid bitch!” At nighttime, even in the romantic streets of Paris, every corner is a potential hiding place for a predator and everyone that walks its streets is a threat. Finally, when the girl makes it home safely, she doesn’t even mention her experiences with her boyfriend, illustrating just how common this type of harassment is for most women.