She put the shame where it belongs - on the man who violated her.

Nicola Briggs has become a local hero in New York City after a youtube video was posted of her annihilating a man that rubbed up against her and exposed himself on the subway. Unaware she was being filmed, she confronted her attacker:

"Oh, you're getting f-g arrested. I'm not leaving your side. My plans are done for the night. I'm escorting you to the police station. Oh, yes. Oh, f-ing yes!"

To vew this amazing clip click here.

Street (or subway) harassment is a form of sexual harassment. Researcher Holly Kearl found that 90% of women reported being the victims of street harassment. Such harassment can include:

Leering
Kissy noises
Vulgar gestures
Blocking pathways
Sexually explicit comments
Whistling
Honking
Following
Grabbing/touching
Exposing oneself

These forms of street harassment add to the objectification of women. Comments or whistles can seem somewhat benign, but when it happens, girls and women are reminded that they are not safe, even in public.

While confrontation may not be the most natural or safest response for all victims of street harassment, Nicola Briggs' actions let to the arrest of her attacker. It is reported to be his third offense and he faces deportation. Equally great news has been the warm reception of this news story. She has been touted as a champion by news programs and interviewed by various media outlets. Nicola Briggs aka The Subway Badass, is my vote for hero of the year!

For information on how to combat street harassment visit:

ihollaback.org

stopstreetharassment.com

About the Author

Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D.

Kathryn Stamoulis, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist and licensed mental health counselor specializing in female adolescent development.

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