We Chalk Walk Comes to Turkey
"Benim adim Pistt degil!" A common form of street harassment in Istanbul is "pisttt," something also said to cats to get their attention. Here, members of Hollaback İstanbul join We Chalk Walk and write, “My name is not “Pistt.”
This single word, “pistt,” conjures up many walks to my apartment, the bus stop, the market. Walks that ended with me feeling frustrated, angry, upset, uncomfortable. Sadly, I am not alone. According to Hollaback! Istanbul’s preliminary research, 69% of respondents experience street harassment at least monthly.
Street harassment is not OK, and we all have the power to end it.
Silence is a choice.