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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

'Free Our Streets' campaign hopes to "stamp out" sexual harassment in university quarter

'Free Our Streets' campaign hopes to "stamp out" sexual harassment in university quarter
'Free Our Streets' campaign hopes to "stamp out" sexual harassment in university quarter


'Free Our Streets' campaign hopes to "stamp out" sexual harassment in university quarter


A NEW campaign to tackle sex pests around Bradford’s university and college is calling for victims to speak out against sexual harassment.

The Free Our Streets campaign will target the “ignorant young men” who harass women, and organisers hope it will help improve the city’s reputation, as well as make people feel safer in the city centre.

It will start by targeting the Great Horton Road area, near the campuses of the University of Bradford and Bradford College, and follows years of complaints that sexual harassment is making life a misery for many female students. People are being urged to report unwanted touching, heckling and cat calling, being followed, by people on foot or in vehicles, and other unwanted attention.


As well as making women feel safer, the campaign hopes to “re-educate” those responsible about what is acceptable behaviour, and one council boss hopes it will help “stamp it out.”

The campaign comes at a time when people across the world are speaking up about sexual harassment. Campaigns like #MeToo have given a voice to people who previously felt they had to keep quiet about sexual harassment, and Free Our Streets intends to have a similar impact in Bradford.

It will see Bradford Council, Restorative Solutions, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford College, the University of Bradford and the Bradford Hate Crime Alliance working together on a range of initiatives to tackle the problem. The work has also come from research done by local arts group WUR Bradford.




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