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Catcalling is a rampant problem on the streets of the Philippines. Around 58% of harassments occur outside and 70% of them happen during broad daylight.

Wolf whistles, rude remarks, sexually-charged jokes, and inappropriate physical contact are as common as the jeepneys that ply our streets.

A unique voice is needed to call out these catcallers. Enter Macho Choir – an integrated campaign that uses its voice against catcalling. Macho Choir launched with three radio spots based on nursery rhymes with updated anti-catcalling lyrics.

Why nursery rhymes? To reinforce the insight that catcalling is juvenile and immature behavior. The radio spots, with the help of the KBP and SBP, was aired in 722 stations nationwide. It was complemented by this awesome website you’re now browsing and a colorful on-ground stickering effort. More educational and equally effective stuff will be developed soon.

Oh. Our collective voices against catcalling and sexual harassment have been heard, and actions have been taken – Senate Bill 1326 or Safe Streets and Public Spaces Act has been signed into law. Catcalling and other forms of sexual harassment are now punishable by law. Yahoo!

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What to do when you get catcalled?

Check your safety

Assess your level of safety. Are you in a public place? How many harassers?

Turn the tables

Use strong eye contact or a loud, audible warning to deter your harasser.

Gather information

If possible, take a photo or video of the threat to help identify them later.

Walk away

After issuing a warning, keep moving before the situation gets dangerous.

Report to the incident

Call 911 or report the incident to a police station’s Women and Children’s Desk.

What to do when you see someone get catcalled?

Directly Intervine

Assess the level of safety before calling out the harasser.

Create a distraction

You can approach and talk to the target to deter the harasser.

Find a delegate

Ask someone with authority to intervene like a security guard.

Check on the victim

Approach the victim after the incident to ensure that she’s ok.

What to do after the getting catcalled?

Tell yourself you’re not to blame

Catcalling can bring up confusing feelings. Remind yourself that the harasser is at fault.

Tell a friend or family member

Find people you trust and talk to them about your experience – you are never alone.

Report to the authorities

You can report the incident to the authorities so the harassers can face consequences.