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Street harassment happens way more than the stories submitted to the Hollaback sites let on, so how do we encourage more people to share their experiences? Get out there on the streets and do mini-interviews with women, LGBTQ folks, and male allies about their experiences with street harassment! Here are some tips to create a youtube-ready video that will increase awareness about street harassment by elevating the voices of the people who experience it, and those that want to help!
1. Gather supplies and a couple volunteers. Supplies needed include a reliable camera, movie editing software, Audio/Visual Legal Release form, clipboard & pens, and Hollaback! postcards/buttons/stickers to pass out (optional).
2. Find some people to interview. You can just wander your neighborhood, head to the touristy spots, or wait outside a big concert/convention/sports game. You want to get 5-10 people. As the gatekeeper in this scenario, it is your responsibility to interview a diverse group of people. Diversity demonstrates the breadth of the issue and elevates the voices of people who are too often left out of public conversations (for example, people of color or LGBTQ folks).
3. Develop great questions. To create a story arc in your video, ask everyone the same basic questions. Some examples include:
A. Have you ever been street harassed? (and/or) Have you ever witnessed street harassment?
B. How did it make you feel?
C. Why do you think people do it?
D. What would a world without street harassment look like?
When talking to someone who belongs to a traditionally marginalized group, you may consider asking them a question like “As a woman of color, do you feel that the street harassment you experience is usually coupled with racism?” or “As a gay man, are there areas of town you experience more street harassment?” Remember, eveyone is an expert of their own experiences. Your job as the interviewer is to listen and develop the narrative arc in a way that creates empathy for a wide array of experiences.
4. Tips for the interview.
5. Edit your footage. You can use Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, whatever you have! Some tips:
Here is another great example from Hollaback Istanbul:
This was written by Shawna Potter, site leader for Hollaback Baltimore.