VICTIMS of street harassment will now be able to record attacks through an online blog being launched in the city.

Hollaback! Oxford will allow people to record places in the city where they may have experienced catcalling or racist and homophobic abuse.

Set up by Miranda Dobson, 25, Katherine Soroya, 25 and Alice Leigh, 24, it is hoped the site will not only provide valuable data for research into street harassment but also act as a safe platform for people to share their experiences.

Miss Soroya said: "As a lifelong Oxfordshire resident, I was so tired of feeling powerless to do anything when I heard about friends facing harassment in our public spaces in Oxford.

"Now we can finally take the power back from the perpetrators and work to end harassment so that everyone may feel safe.

"Hollaback! Oxford will be a safe space to speak out against the everyday harassment that is disproportionately experienced by women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, disabled people and black and ethnic minorities."

Within days of setting up the blog, Miss Soroya said New Road near Oxford Castle and the Museum of Natural History in Parks Road were already hotspots.

Hollaback! is an international organisation dedicated to ending harassment.

Miss Dobson added: "I’ve experienced street harassment since I was a young teenager, and still experience it on a regular basis.

"Street harassment takes many forms, but some examples are catcalling, whistling, beeping a car horn or leering.

"We wouldn’t accept this sort of behaviour in schools, homes or the workplace, so why should we accept it on the street?

"We’re setting up Hollaback! Oxford to end this problem in Oxfordshire, and offer those who experience street harassment a way to vent their feelings, share their stories and make a positive change."

Hollaback! Oxford will also run anti-street harassment campaigns and needs volunteers to help support the cause.

Miss Leigh said: "So many of us accept harassment as a normal part of our lives and try to ignore the very real consequences.

"Working with Hollaback! will help to change this mindset in Oxford for good."

Hollaback! Oxford will run their local blog and organise their communities through advocacy, community partnerships, and direct action.

Co-founder and executive director of Hollaback!, Emily May, said: "We only have eight or nine years before babies today start experiencing street harassment too.

"Our children deserve better, we deserve better, and Hollaback! Oxford is going to get us there.

"Share your story and join the movement today."

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