A new video shows fathers respond to the harassment their daughters have to go through

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
August 18, 2015 06:10 PM

Protective dads can’t help but get agitated and then angry when they see the regular harassment their daughters encounter while walking down the street.

In a new video from The Scene, fathers are exposed to hidden-camera footage of their daughters getting catcalled in downtown New York City.

“How often does that happen?” Joe asked his daughter, Megan.

“It’s usually an everyday thing,” she replied.

“Ninety-six percent of American women 40 years old and younger experienced street harassment in the past year,” the video said, presenting a statistic from Cornell University sponsored by Hollaback, an organization that has produced similar videos dedicated to ending street harassment.

One father, Meir, at first responds calmly, saying “She is beautiful,” when a man on the street says as much to his daughter Daniella. But Meir has another point of view after the man follows her for several minutes. (Seventy-one percent of respondents report being followed, according to the video.)

“Our daughters and wives and mothers are to be treated with respect,” Meir said. When asked what he would have done if he had been present for the harassment, he said, “I think there would have been a fist fight.”

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