- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Student government leaders at the University of Iowa have launched a campaign to reduce catcalling, saying that the shouts are a form of sexual harassment.

Shuttles used during the recruitment process for fraternities and sororities at the university will display anti-catcalling posters, television station KCRG (https://bit.ly/1KeZnfP ) reported. Student Government Vice President Morgan Brittain said the vehicles’ drivers have been asked to be on the lookout for instances of catcalling and to address them.

The initiative first launched last spring as part of a national effort called “It’s On Us,” aimed at ending sexual violence on college campuses.

Sophomore student Autumn Domres said catcalling is a problem she often sees in downtown Iowa City.

“It usually happens on the weekends when everyone is going out to the bars,” Domres said. “I’ve walked home by myself a couple of times, and it’s very uncomfortable when you’re by yourself, you don’t exactly feel very secure.”

Brittain said he hopes the campaign will help raise awareness about the remarks and how they impact those who are on the receiving end. He said the shouts usually come after someone has consumed an alcoholic drink.

“We’re going to make sure people get the message as much as possible,” Brittain said. “Eventually it’s going to get across to them when they’re sober and once it’s really ingrained in them, hopefully they’ll adopt the same behaviors when they’re intoxicated.”


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com



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