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Woman in catcall viral video receives rape threats

Depressingly, the star of Hollaback's new PSA about street harassment is now being harassed online

You've probably seen the new Hollaback PSA video, which documents the obscene amount of street harassment that one woman received while walking through New York. But here's even more depressing news: apparently the subject of the film has become the target of rape threats online.

The anti-street harassment organisation says that anons have been threatening Shoshana B Roberts in the comments on the video. It pleaded with viewers to start reporting the threats to YouTube. 

10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman has already been viewed over 1.17 million times since it was uploaded on Tuesday. Hollaback commissioned the video to demonstrate how much unwanted attention women received on a day-to-day basis.

Roberts was filmed by a secret camera hidden in the backpack of the person walking ahead of her. After walking through Manhattan in jeans, trainers and a black crew-neck, Roberts had received over 100 cat calls from strangers. One man even followed her down a busy street for five minutes. 

"The rape threats indicate that we are hitting a nerve," Hollaback director Emily May told Newsday. "We want to do more than just hit a nerve though, we want New Yorkers to realize – once and for all – that street harassment isn't OK, and that as a city we refuse to tolerate it."

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